Louis Charbonneau Sailing School
For your security when your sailing
on lake Champlain
New on Lake Champlain : friendly network for
wind conditions on VHF
Official weather foscast on the lake : They
usually give conditions of the wind, but the lake is big
and they vary from one place to the other.
Lake Champlain : http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/BTV/RECBTV
Plattsburgh, Clinton County Airport http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecasts/VTZ001.php?warnzone=vtz001&warncounty=vtc013
Burlington : http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/btv/index.shtml
Colchester Reef :
Good conditions/on the lake : but not always given on weather station.
Weather, winds, conditions, ... big lake, mountains,
Punctual conditions of winds on lake Champlain on VHS on 06 on
the hour between 8 and 18 hours . ( in French summer 2004) are available
thanks to a friendly network.
How does it work ?
Every hour on the hour, a call is sent on the VHF on 09 and on 16:
"Security... security... security... for conditions of the
wind, go on 06, ... ( the participants go on 06, only one call on
09 and 16) wind conditions are given for the covered region : "
this is boat so and so,
my position is
The wind blows
from such direction,
the speed is
sea is about
feet. Over and out ! The 3 regions of the lake
are usually covered : that makes 3 interventions on 06. Every useful
different information is required. The conditions of the wind are
not the same all over the lake
That is the main reason for
not being able to have good official wind conditions on the lake.
The network is useful especially in bad weather.
three sectors of the lake
North ( of Valcour including Inside Sea)
Centre ( Valcour to Burlington including Mallets
South (of Burlington)
The operation network showed its effectiveness during the season
2004. More participants will permit better results. A few minutes
of collaboration... more safety ... Important information : before
hoisting the sails or in the course of navigation,..
You can contact me for more information. On my boat, Le Roi-Soleil,
from May to September on VHF or Email Louis
Consult your barometer :
A rapid barometer drop indicates stormy weather and rain ... Quick
rise, after a low, change direction of wind, strong wind ±
N/ NW, W, ... watch for large cumulonimbus coming from western part
of the sky, from south to north.
If strong winds are imminent , seek shelter if you can, ... reduce
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