Well That's a relief! Just picked this up from another forum - so everyone down to "Captain" Heather's marina Bar for a free beer on her!
This is an update on Heather's trip posted by her Dad.
No, the weather is going to hold Heather back from leaving as scheduled. Heather's a descent sailor, but too green to intentionally send out in the obstacle strewn, shallow Gulf, into gale force winds. Which is what is coming. Here's one synopsis:
NORTHEAST FLOW OVER THE FORECAST WATERS AROUND 10 KNOTS WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING. FLOW WILL SHIFT TOWARD MIDNIGHT TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST BETWEEN 10 AND 15 KNOTS IN ADVANCE OF A STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT.
THIS FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE WATERS EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WITH WIND AND SEAS RAPIDLY BUILDING TO ADVISORY LEVELS FOR ALL LEGS.
AS STRONG HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS DOWN INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO OUR WEST THE COMBINATION OF A TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT AND STRONG COLD AIR ADVECTION WILL INCREASEWINDS EVEN FURTHER TUESDAY EVENING AND OVERNIGHT WITH SUSTAINEDFLOW BETWEEN 25 AND 30 KNOTS POSSIBLE OVER A LARGE AREA. IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT GUSTS...OR EVEN FREQUENT GUST TO GALE FORCE WILL OCCUR TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING.
ADVISORY LEVEL WINDS AND SEAS WILL CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT BEFORE SUBSIDING TO THE CAUTIONARY RANGE DURING THURSDAY AS HIGH PRESSURE SLIDES TO OUR NORTH.
And here's another:
DIFFUSE STATIONARY FRONT FROM 29N83W TO 26N90W. STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES OFF TX COAST LATE TONIGHT AND MOVES RAPIDLY SE THROUGH WED. GALE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED BEHIND FRONT W OF 85W. WINDS AND SEAS DIMINISH THU AND FRI. SE RETURN FLOW DEVELOPS SAT.
GMZ080-010330-NW GULF N OF 25N W OF 90W
INCLUDING FLOWER GARDEN BANKS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY 330 PM CST MON DEC 31 2007
GALE WARNING TUE S OF 28N
NE WINDS 10 KT...BECOMING N 25 TO 30 KT AND GUSTY BEHINDFRONT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 9 FT BEHIND FRONT.
N WINDS 30 TO 35 KT...EXCEPT 25 KT N OF 28N. SEAS BUILDING 9 TO 14 FT.
So, instead of pulling away from the dock to make her crowd happy, she's going to invite them all into the pub, there at her marina, for a free beer and conversation on her.
They'll like that better than seeing her sail away!
I'm sure whichever one of you dudes it was who had the glass of red wine out on his deck, while he was fixing breakfast, would much prefer the free brews?