Learn about the five most important things about weather forecasting for sailing with Windy.app. This guide also works for yachting, boating, marine pro fishing, sea kayaking, lake and river canoeing, and other similar boat and wind sports.
Marinas, or ports, are places where all sailing trips start and end. The Windy.app has a huge marina database of tens of thousands of ports around the world in all bodies of water: oceans, seas, major lakes and rivers.
To find a marina, open the Wind Map from the Home Screen of the app. Then go to the Advanced Settings and select "Marina" among the spot types.Now the app displays you only marinas on the map, the other spots are hidden for a quicker search.
Go to the marina page to get info about it and a weather forecast.
Windy.app Home Screen for iOS
Advanced Settings for chossing types of spots in the Windy.app for iOS
Marina type of spot in the Windy.app for iOS
To do this, click on the icon to the right of the slider with weather models.
The profile contains a ready-to-use set of more than 10 different weather parameters, which will be useful for every yachtsman, regardless of his or her experience in sailing.
Among them, you can find basic parameters like wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts, atmospheric pressure, precipitation, and clouds and even more sophisticated parameters like CAPE Index, Deviation, or the different global and regional weather models — the sources of these parameters.
Sail Weather Profile in the Windy.app for iOS
Weather parametes in the Sail Weather Profile in the Windy.app for iOS
Regional weather models like ICON7 for Europe or HRRR for North America are considered to give better weather forecasts than global models life GFS. But models alone are still not enough. You need to understand the weather to be able to predict it better.
In particular, you can see the regional weather changes and the general state of the atmosphere with the Weather Fronts and Isobars features in the app, which is available on the same Wind Map under one button. This time, you can go to the Map directly from the spot (marina) page. To do this, click on the map icon to the right of the Wind Rose.
Weather Fronts help you to see strong winds, rains and thunderstorms, mists, and other similar weather phenomena extremely important in sailing — and, what is more important, to be ahead of it. In other words, knowing Atmospheric Fronts significantly improve the safety of sea trips.
This is a unique feature in Windy.app, which is not available in other yachting apps for iOS. It works for the territory of the US, Europe, and North Atlantic Ocean.
Isobars help to assess fronts, wind rotation, and speed, cyclone depth, etc. With Isobars, sailors can plan long trips and have a more complete picture of the weather more than a week ahead. The forecast is for 10 days (GFS27) with updates 4 times a day.
Learn more about isobars.
Weather Fronts and Isobars features on the Wind Map in the Windy.app for iOS
Important: This feature can be also used in offline mode when there is no internet access if you save a section of the map in advance.
There are also several other useful features on the Winds Map: Wind Bards, Wind History (Archive), Live Weather Stations, Total Accumulated Precipitation, which will also be useful to you on your sea, lake, or river trips. Learn more about them by clicking on the links.
This feature will help you to get the weather offline for the places with no internet connection or slow mobile coverage zones.
Activate the Offline Mode feature by saving the part of the world map you need for a particular sailing trip to save space on your smartphone or tablet through Settings in the Main Menu bar of the app or on the Spot page.
Offline Mode in the Windy.app for iOS
Offline Mode in Spot Menu in the Windy.app for iOS
Offline Mode Map in the Windy.app for iOS
In the Windy.app you can create your yachting itinerary in any region of the world and see the weather at each point on that route. As of today, the feature is available in the Android app and on the Windy.app's website Routing section.
In both cases, the feature is straightforward. Just mark a start point on the map, then an intermediate point, then another, so you get to the finish line. Click the "Calculate" route button to find out the exact number of nautical miles and the hours it will take to complete them.
The weather — wind speed and wind direction, air temperature, and general weather conditions — is available at each waypoint in the Routes With Weather feature. That means you can easily adjust your route to the good or unpleasant weather conditions on the way.
Sailing Routes feature on the Windy.app website
Have a good sailing!
In case you don't find some features for sailing you need in the Windy.app or just want to have different app experience, try the WindHub.
WindHub is a special app developed by the Windy.app team primarily for all kinds of sailing but also for other sports. The app contains only the features you need, with a simpler design and an overall simple presentation of information that will save you time at sea or on land in preparation for your future sailing adventure. In particular, the app contains a database of 17,000 marinas with contacts.
Text: Windy.app team
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