These are strange and unprecedented times that we are all living in. COVID-19 arrived with little warning and its impact on the economy and our daily lives has been severe to put it mildly. In response to pandemic SGFC, like other entities has been forced to suspend its competitive activities and close the club to members. I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm to members that the SGFC Committee has and continues to work hard to adapt to the changing environment and to provide value to our all of our members. As one of these initiatives the Committee has implemented an extension of membership to current members as outlined below:
Message to members
Membership fees normally fall due on June 30th. SGFC is aware that the COVID-19 restrictions have placed many members under financial pressure, as a result we are extending the deadline for payment of this year’s renewal fees to 30thNovember and freezing membership fees at last year’s prices. Invoices for membership renewal will be posted shortly and whilst the Club would appreciate prompt payment of fees, they will however not fall due until 30th November. You will remain a member throughout the period between 1stJuly and the earlier of November 30thand will be entitled to all member privileges.
Additional measures are also currently being considered and our hope is that in light of the decreasing rates of infection the club will be able to reopen in the very near future. The Committee would like to ask members to join the clubs “Sydney Game Fishing Club Members Only” Facebook page as its not only a great way to get the latest up to date fishing reports but is also a key way for us to communicate with our members. The page is available to club members only, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Committee if you have any questions or access issues.
As you will now be aware our long-serving President Karen Wright has made the regretful decision to stand down from the role of President for personal reasons.
Karen has been the President of the Sydney Game Fishing Club for 9 years – her passion, love and dedication to the Club has, and is, unquestionable. Over the years she has committed countless hours of her time to the Club – many hours visible to members but many more behind the scenes ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Under her leadership the Club has come through some tough times and is now in as strong a position as we have been for many years – without Karen’s leadership the Club would not be in the position it is today.
Karen leaves an indelible impression on the Club, on our members and undoubtedly on the broader sport of game fishing across Australia. Karen will obviously still be around the Club, on behalf of all the members, the Committee would like to express our sincere thanks to her for everything she has done for the Club over the years. Thank-You Tiddles.
With respect to the formalities of electing a new President, the Committee has decided that current Vice-Presidents - Simon Fisher and Benn Dullard – will act as “Co-Presidents” until the AGM in September.
On the fishing front there has been a great run of big yellowfin tuna off Sydney with the odd marlin thrown in just to keep everyone guessing. The bottom fishing out wide has been consistent with good catches of blue eye and kingfish on the deeper reefs and I have already heard reports of bluefin tuna off the east coast of Victoria which tells me they shouldn’t be too far away. Fishing is permitted under the current restrictions and with the stable winter weather patterns in full swing there’s never been a better excuse to point the bow east and leave the chaos behind.
Stay safe, keep fishing and hopefully this will all be over soon.
Benn Dullard and Simon Fisher
Co-Acting Presidents Report
SGFC - COVID-19 Response
The SGFC Committee understand there is some confusion amongst members about the specifics of the Game Club’s response to COVID-19 – below we’ve tried to clarify some of this for you. If in doubt, please feel free to ask.
First and foremost, we all love fishing and using the Club’s facilities as much as you, we do however have an obligation to respond to the Government’s rules and regulations and we’re doing our best to try and navigate these uncertain waters.
SGFC response to COVID-19:
The Clubhouse is closed. This means no member should be inside the Club house without the express consent of the Committee. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The wharf is open to use but access is permitted by water only and there is a strict limit of 4 people on the wharf at any time (which allows for required social distancing). Additional people can be on boats tied to the wharf but must not enter the wharf whilst there is 4 people on it.
Boats using the wharf can use the wharf based facilities (water / power / filleting tables) but must limit their time on the wharf to that which is required only – unfortunately right now the wharf is not a space to congregate or to share stories with mates.
The gantry is closed. Access to the gantry is via the internal stairs, given the Club house is closed this means the gantry is closed.
All competitive fishing has ceased at the Club this means all point scores, trophies, awards, record claims and anything of a competitive nature. We are aware that ceasing record claims for the time being may impact some fantastic captures however in order to process a record claim it requires a number of volunteers to be onsite and to handle the paperwork, given the Club is closed this is not practical or fair. Please note NSWGFA and GFAA have also suspended their records.
We know that this is a particularly frustrating time for all, but we must follow the rules and do our bit. The Committee does not want to have to deal with any breaches of the rules but will do so if forced, please help us to help the Club. Thank You.
It's official!! Congratulations to Junior angler Makira Wright for her new Australian GFAA and NSWGFA record for her 71.6kg tuna on 37kg line class
Not to be outdone by her older sister Junior Angler Mia Wright is now a double record holder in both GFAA and NSWGFA for her shortbill spearfish and her blue marlin both on 15kg line. Mia's marlin also knocked of her sister Makira's record. WTG Mia awesome work,
“Oh My God It’s a Horse “!!!
were 2 little striped tuna, the third rod that went off stopped right as I got my striped to the boat, and to be honest I think that was the only rod with a yellowfin on it, not a big one I reckon probably around 15 to 20 kg but I would have preferred to have gotten that to the boat than those 2 striped but looking back on the day I wouldn’t have changed a thing. About 1 hour after the triple hook up, I am up on the tuna tower day dreaming when I hear dad scream “JUMPER!!!” I snapped my head to the starboard side of the boat and see nothing, I yell down to dad “I think your dreaming” but he was persistent that he had just seen a yellowfin tuna jump 10 ft in the air, so to test his theory Dad got onto the radio and called up another Sydney game boat called Tantrum and Dad asks if yellowfin tuna jump?, Dad gets a spring in his step when Tantrum responds “Yes they do” of which Dad replied “Good otherwise I would have thought what I just saw jumping was a whale” anyway another 30 mins goes by and yellowfin just started jumping EVERYWHERE it was like we were dreaming. It was around 3 O’clock and it had just hit us that the reason all these fish were jumping was because of the afternoon bite, I had a feeling that something big was about to happen so I came down from my post on the tuna tower to tie one of the world’s worst gimbals on, the Velcro didn’t work so I tied it up round my back the 1 horizontal pole was rusty and at breaking point and the gimbal itself was so small it was the size of a side plate. Anyway, I did not know any better, so I thought it was fine until Dad told me after the fight how bad the gimbal was, I returned up to my post on the tuna tower and waited. About 10 minutes goes by and I am starting to lose hope but there were still fish jumping everywhere but they were not hitting our lures. I heard dad on the VHF call Tantrum again as he knew they were just to the North by about 6 miles. I heard dad tell Tantrum to get down here straight away and he said words to the effect “you may as well get here because they are everywhere, but we cannot seem to catch them”. Tantrum arrived on the scene and straight away hooks up. Dad was filthy but happy at the same time. I was about to ask dad to change some lures but as soon as this thought went through my mind, it happened, it finally happened, I heard the ratchet scream and I jumped down from the tuna tower 2
It was a day like no other, it was a day with dad, it was a day with destiny, we woke up early on the 5th of April with determination to go out and get a tuna as we had been listening to reports, we were very well prepared as the night before Dad and I sat down and spoke about where we were going to go and the spots we were going to hit all day, we talked about what lures we were going to use, what rods we were taking and judging off what BOM weather said how fast we were going to get out there. We got up and grabbed our lure bags, our rods and our beautiful lunch bag that my mum and sister Sofia had prepared for us the night before and we set off into the sunrise, we knew it was going to be a bumpy and bit of a rough ride out there so we were prepared, there was no swell mainly wind chop. We set our lines just a bit South East of Browns Mountain our line setup was a 4-lure spread and a teaser. We deployed the riggers and we were ready. My job for the day was to look for the temperature breaks. We were trolling for about 10 mins when my eyes lit up, I had just seen on the sounder a temperature break of 23.2 degrees Celsius to 24.8 degrees Celsius over a period of a mile and a half, I immediately told dad and he knew we were getting on the money, as soon as we thought we were getting close, dad snaps his head backwards as he hears … BZZZZZZZ!!! The short corner had just been hit by something what I thought was huge, this was a funny incident as I had the rod in my hands because I was adjusting the lure in the water, and out of nowhere I felt a force that nearly pulled me over the boat, I scream “WERE ON!!!” and dad slams the boat into a higher speed to try and get the fish hooked, unfortunately this action pulled the lure out of the fishes mouth, I was upset as that could have been the only action for the whole day, but it made me have hope, it wasn’t a bad start. It was around 10 AM and Bonito was 1,0,0 about an hour went by and I was up on the tuna tower looking for any bird action, I ended up seeing around 10 birds bunched together in a huddle diving, we drove over immediately and got a triple hook up Dad and I started screaming because it was just the 2 of us with three rods going off, dad grabbed a rod and I grabbed a rod and we both started reeling hard, there was almost no weight to these fish at all they opped right as I got my striped to the boat, and to be honest I think that was the only rod with a
steps at a time I was down within a couple of seconds and grabbed the rod, dad had said nothing yet, but the look on his face said it all, I put the rod into my crappy gimbal and started to reel, as soon as I took my first crank I knew that this was a big fish, I reeled and reeled until I thought my arm and lower back were at breaking point, when I see the double on my line, this whole time dads been screaming gibberish at me but as soon as he saw that I was at the double he shut up almost instantly, it was about 15 mins into the fight when I saw the double and Dad and I were both amazed that the fish was so close, so what dad did was to stop the yellowfin go into its downward swirl was he started doing donuts, I started screaming at dad to stopped but he explained to me that he was trying to plane the fish up to the surface and it was working, the fish was coming up to the boat, I saw the leader and Dad grabbed it and had a gaff in one hand that was so small it looked like something you would gaff a flathead with, as soon as Dad leans over the side of the boat all I hear is “OH MY GOD IT’S A HORSE!!!” now me being a kid and never caught a yellowfin I didn’t know what a horse was, I thought that this fish was definitely not as big as it was. Dad grabbed the leader and started pulling the fish to the side of the boat while I walked backwards to try and get it closer, I ask Dad “What should I do?” and I have never heard these words come out of my dad’s mouth before, he said “Mate I Don’t Know” So I immediately think I have to do something as dad was getting nowhere pulling this fish inside of the boat, but If I put my rod down and this thing took off again we would have lost a rod and reel along with a monster fish, so I decided to jam the rod in-between dad and I’s legs and as soon as I looked over the edge of the boat my jaw dropped, in my mind what we had next to the boat was not a fish but a whale and we were going to have to pull it in, just Dad and I, but our bodies were pretty much only still standing because of the adrenaline coursing through our veins so dad grabbed the gaff and I grabbed the tail and we both did the biggest and hardest pull of our lives to get this fish in the boat, and it was going, it was going and it came in, Dad and I just looked at each other as if we both didn’t know what just happened and we both started jumping up and down and screaming in rejoice because we had just landed a horse that was now in the boat, It was like we had just won the Melbourne cup. We looked at the spot were dad gaffed it and it was gaffed in the worst spot ever. When we gathered our thoughts, we just could not believe it “it
was just massive” we set our lines back out again because by now there were a few boats around and everyone was still hooking up. It was just incredible and we fished for a little longer when dad hooked up onto a fish I was convinced was bigger than mine, he fought the fish for a while and I drove Bonito trying to listen about how to position the boat trying to keep dad jammed in the back corner but the rod didn’t have a roller on the end so the line got burnt because of friction and snapped at the boat, but we didn’t mind because we had just had the best father and son day EVER. The ride home was flatter than a flounder and we got back just at dusk and went over to the club and weighed the fish, and when we both saw that the fish was 77.3 kg, we were both so stoked. Tantrum was at the club and weighed a couple of fish as well. We filleted the tuna and dragged the carcases back out to sea. We gave the filleted fish out to families in the neighbourhood and kept a little bit for ourselves and it was just amazing, I wouldn’t have changed a thing that day, it was perfect, it was a day like no other, it was a day with dad, it was a day with destiny.
The following week dad and I went out again and I managed to catch my first Marlin. All in all, its been a ripper school holidays considering the state of the world. Thank god for fishing.
Written By: George Calligeros (14)
something on his bucket list, he had always wanted to catch a swordfish.
We had discussions about this on the lead up to and during the start of the snapper part of our trip. It was a big risk though, to go out and target Swordfish, chances are it would be a big drive out, a full day of deep drop drifting (and a fairly expensive outing for the boat hire for 3 people with a slim chance of maybe one strike for the day). So the night before we decided it wasn’t worth it and we would have another day on the snapper. We were all having a great time doing this and Swords were only going to be a maybe.
After a good nights sleep, Mark and I confronted Ron and said “Hey, If you really want to do this let’s go”. Our skipper Thomas Maxwell (MadMax) seemed to think he knew a spot and quite frankly was itching to see if he was right. Well he was on the money. On the third drift there was a slight take, Tom yelled “Yep, we’re on”. Ron, Mark and Myself all looked at each other in disbelief and as instructed Ron got to work winding in his approx. 600 metres of line.
The take was so soft we really didn’t believe there was anything hooked and in fact it must have been heading up as Ron had probably gotten back around half the line before it “Woke up” and we knew for sure we were on. Credit given to Tom for both putting us on the spot, and knowing that that gentle take was a swordie. I’ll let Ron tell you about the battle in his own words (as I’m sure he will) but let me say it’s only the second time I have seen Ron go quiet and lay down for a little nap afterwards in all the time I have known him.
Needless to say, we have 3 freezers back in Australia which are stocked to the brim with freshly caught New Zealand Swordfish (good timing for before going into isolation). We had one of the local smoke houses there cut up, vacuum pack and freeze our steaks which we packed into 3 large foam containers for the trip back home. The broadbill ended up going 161.8 Kg’s on 60Kg tackle. It took Ron just under 2 hours (1h 55mins) to get it up, then the 4 of us pushed and pulled and grunted to get this monster fish into the back of the trailer boat.
New Zealand – Mercury Bay Pilgrimage 2020
By Greg Wall
So it was the 15th February this year that Greg Wall, Ron Kovacs and Mark Pembleton arrived at Mascot Airport for part of their yearly Pilgrimage to the Land of the Long White Cloud hunting monster Kings!
It was easy to remember the date as it was my birthday the day we flew out. There is no-way I would be allowed to go play overseas the day before (Valentines Day) so when the wife said “So we’re not going to be spending the day together for your birthday?” I replied “I guess this will be my birthday present”. Nice recovery if I do say so myself.
Every year a group of 12 lads head to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand’s North Island (across from Auckland) for 3 days of serious fun. When we started we used to book with Epic Adventures but the last couple of years we have booked directly with MadMax Sportfishing (used to work as part of the Epic Team before going out on his own).
If you’ve never been to New Zealand you need to put it on your to-do list. The whole country is breathtakingly beautiful and both islands are uniquely different. We travel each year to this same spot in the North Island as the fishing there is amazing but several years ago the wife and I had a self-drive holiday around the south island and that was mind blowing to view snow capped green mountains where every photo was postcard worthy.
Anyhow, back to the fishing. It’s a nice short flight to New Zealand and even though it’s early in the morning we decided we had better have a few bourbons on the trip to celebrate. Each year we hire 3 boats with 4 anglers plus the skipper on each. It’s always great to see the guys each year. The mix is randomly drawn of who is going to be on which boat for the day and the larger group of 12 typically arrive the day before, fish hard for 3 days and fly back the following day.
Ron, Mark and Myself typically go for about 9 days as after the other lads fly back, we have a days rest (it’s important to keep your arms in their sockets) and then we go again for another 3 days typically targeting huge snapper. But this year we decided to mix it up a bit. Ronny had
Done and dusted, we headed for home and arrived back at Whitianga wharf in the early afternoon to be greeted by the crowd that had gathered when news of this Swordfish coming in got around. Photo opportunities for the local newspaper, Mercury Bay fishing club, the boat and us and it was off to have a celebration beer or two. A great day on the water, great conditions out and back and a prize to boot for Ronnie. Another one off his list and great to be part of the team bringing home the goods.
Until next year! More photos on the next page inc a Kingfish with a cleft palette (quite rare).
P.S. Ronnie having a little nanna nap below :)
New Zealand – Mercury Bay Pilgrimage 2020 (Continued)
An albino blue marlin caught by a longliner off Martinique. While we commonly refer to these fish as albino they are actually leucistic, meaning they have partial pigment loss not a total absence of melanin. The pigment in the eye of this fish is the give away that it’s leucistic.
13/4/20 - BALLISTIC
Awesome day today aboard Ballistic. Going 3/3 up 60kg on Yellow fin and one dolly
Called the marks out a few times if you could hear anything on the radio today
Dave Lo 16/4/20
Hi all. After looking at the posts by Sergio Da Silva Edward Aspden Steve SladeI headed it out for a socially distant fish last Sunday with one crew-member.
Unfortunately he is not a great driver and an even worse Decky. The sea was pretty big but decent period so quite pleasant. Wind stronger than forecast but not terrible. Arrived near Sergios Mark about 9 am trolling from Browns and had our first strike at about 945 but dropped it. Didn’t see what it was but suspect YF.An hour later the saltiga started screaming and we had one hooked -proper. After a 20 minute fight we had it through the tuna door. The mark is below and coincidently, not very far from The first 2 YF my son and I ever caught on Soave a year ago. Water was an very warm 24.5 and that jumped from 22.9 just inside browns when we set the spread.
Lures with big hits were the red, yellow and green Zuker and the rubber slimey (what a lure) both from Ernie and Louis at Otto’s.
Ambitiously, we set a five line spread with a big dog in the short corner after hearing there were still blues around. I’m quite sure we would’ve been totally screwed if we actually hooked one🤣. Annoyingly, we kept hooking small dollies on the shotgun, long corner and long rigger and being lazy, tried to bring them in without pulling down the spread – only to end up with a couple of seriously big tangles. i’m quite sure I decent driver with a decent angler could have done better.
No other action for the day as it glassed off for a smooth run in and a couple of beers.
Lastly, will just echo Matthew Hunt
by saying it has been fantastic to join the club. Everyone has made us feel incredibly welcome and shared great advice, tips and Intel very unselfishly. Slowly, we are turning into fishermen.
Let’s just hope idiots doing the wrong thing don’t ruin it for the people who are able to keep their sanity by getting out for a fish.
Heading out tomorrow. Radio has been very dodgy so I will try and fix it today – indeed we must. tight lines everybody.
5/4/20 - BONITO
Pete Calligeros & his son George 5/4/20 went out for a bit of father & son bonding time and came home with a feed and a half catching a nice 77.3kg Yellowfin
Congratulations to George firstly for catching the fish & secondly putting up with all the instructions coming from dad.
22/3/20 - TANTRUM
Tantrum got into the Yellowfin again today Tiddles fish went 56.6kg on 10kg & Josh went 47.8 on 15kg fun day on the water.
between Heatons & Browns 600m temp 22.9 - chased loads of birds & bustups but not more bites - had a stripe Marlin nail 3 lures inside the
shelf but no hookup - fine outing
Byrom von Bonde nominated as head gaffer - also good with tagpole - must be from that Zulu spear chucking thing??
REEL SMART 18-19/4/20
Reel Smart headed out at noon on Saturday and went North to bait station and then on to Heatons - Byrom tried for swordfish overnight - got couple oilfish ( COVID19 suppressant - consumer too nervous to cough), caught some XL Stripies in the AM and got this late morning on blue frigate profidgee (present from Peter Garrett)
Weather forecasts are never going to be perfect. As mariners, it is our responsibility to interpret, adjust, and prepare.
Technology is transforming our reception of weather forecasts. They are improving with more weather observations, satellites scanning the earth faster, and greater resolution.
The multitude of options by way of weather apps could be seen as an improvement, but often the choice is overwhelming. Which weather forecasting can we rely upon? To understand this properly and make an informed decision we need to look at how our forecasts are created.
The World Meteorology Organization manage a programme called the World Weather Watch. To predict the weather modern meteorology depends upon near instantaneous exchange of weather information across the entire globe. Established in 1963, the World Weather Watch combines observing systems, telecommunication facilities, and data processing and forecasting centres. This is operated by Members, to make available meteorological and related environmental information needed to provide efficient weather services in all countries. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is a Member.
The BOM’s forecasts are constructed for each state and territory from a blend of Australian and international models using the latest science, technology, and expert meteorologist input aimed at better representing our local weather. The forecasts are collected centrally in the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) which is a collection of official weather forecast elements, such as temperature, rainfall, and weather types.Forecasters assemble information from historical forecasts and current observations as well.
Forecasting accuracy is not simple. Each forecaster has their expertise area that could be wind, temperature, rain, or storms. Analysis relies on humans, their ability, their expertise, timing, and geographical region – these all change between longer and shorter timeframes.
Online forums are great for information – also great for misinformation. Weather is a hot topic in sailing forums and disgruntled sailors often ask, “Why are the weather forecasters so wrong?” They aren’t, but not all forecasts are equal. Whichever app or technology you use, you must research how they compile their forecasts.
Some forecasters can access more information than others. Different algorithms are used as are different forecasting models. Some apps will just churn out a computer model’s predictions,
Weather: Interpret – Adjust – Prepare
by Jackie Parry for Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance
At some locations Bureau staff supplement ‘visual’ observations, such as temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind with observations of cloud and other elements, for example, sea state. These manual observations are reported less frequently. Mostly, three hourly instrument readings are made up of temperature, air pressure, humidity, rainfall, and windspeed/direction, while visual observations consist of cloud cover and visibility. Temperature and humidity of the upper atmosphere are also obtained by balloon-borne instruments to an altitude of 25 kilometres
Advise from Experience
While competing in the Melbourne to Hobart race I watched Windyty. I liked its simplicity and ease of use. I also studied the synoptic charts from the BOM so I could see why and how the rapid weather changes were happening.
During our cruising life, we downloaded synoptic charts all over the world, via HF radio for free. It’s a great service. TheNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) provide the WeatherFaxes for HF Radio. Setting up your aerial for optimum performance does take time and expense, but then it’s done and that avoids costly monthly internet or satellite plans and you have a great radio.
Over the years and miles, we’ve learned a lot about different aspects of synoptic charts, for example: isobars with a tiny kink means a bit of a slap. Usually, brief, but a sting none-the-less. Troughs and ridges also invariably led to some type of discomfort.
We could see how the systems moved, how they pushed and shoved other systems and changed the forecast. We shared our weather information with other cruisers who employed different systems. Often their weather was more localised, it was interesting to compare and analyse. Here’s one occasion where we shared weather ‘Occluded Fronts and Associated Stunts’ podcast.
other apps will employ a meteorologist to correct and update these predictions (and some won’t). App creators choose what they show, some will simplify the information while others will include as much as they can. I’ve even read that the expectations of recipients can influence some forecasts!
In my experience, the most reliable forecasts are from The BOM.
But you have to be reliable too. You should understand the basics of weather, have an open mind, be prepared and apply different sources, and take into account local weather patterns.
On their website, the Bureau of Meteorology Marine Wind Forecast Maps clearly state:
“These maps display data from a single computer model. Please note they may be different to the Bureau's official products includinglocal and coastal waters forecasts,tropical cyclone warnings, andMetEyewhich consider other sources of information and are fine-tuned by meteorologists.”
And we must remember:
“Please be aware that wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the average wind speeds presented here, and stronger still in thunderstorms and squalls.”
Australia’s Weather Observing Stations
The BOM collects weather data from different types of observing stations. Stations are located around Australia, on offshore islands, and in the Antarctic. These stations are chosen based on a range of constraints. The stations are a mix of staffed premises, automatic weather stations, meteorological satellites, drifting ocean buoys, ships, and aircraft.
There are over 870 BOM weather stations throughout the country. They are fitted with instruments measuring wind, rain, temperature, and humidity. Some log measurements every minute, while others record values daily.
Local Weather Patterns
As the land changes temperature throughout the day a pattern of land and sea breezes is created along the coast. The pattern occurs as follows:
At night, the opposite effect occurs. The land cools down and so the cool air flows downhill from the land and out to sea. This displaces the comparatively warmer air over the water. This land breeze (from the land) is usually gentle (about 4-6 knots) and does not usually extend more than 5-10 nautical miles out to sea.
The Effect of Land And Sea Breezes On Gradient Wind – What It Means to Us
Forecasts refer to prevailing winds, it’s up to us to account for the land affects when coastal sailing, i.e. the sea breeze and land breeze.
When the prevailing wind is light a land or sea breeze can counteract it. In strong prevailing winds the land or sea breeze can cause a noticeable effect.
Coastal waters forecasts will often mention trade winds being ‘lighter inshore at night and in the early morning’. As evidence of this effect, late at night in the moonlight look for low level clouds moving much faster than the air speed at ground level would suggest.
Other considerations are downbursts and katabatic winds, marry these up, as well as land or sea breezes, and the forecast weather can be heavily influenced by local patterns and topography.
It can be frustrating when more wind turns up than predicted, also when less turns up too. But it is the fluid, dynamic local conditions that can affect the picture. In your location forecasters can have difficulty providing exact local predications in a general forecast.
This quote from Peter Neilley (scientist, executive, and meteorologist)sums it up nicely:
“To know everything about the weather you would need to model every single particle in the atmosphere and all
all interactions between them. That isn’t even theoretically possible, because the computer doing the modelling would generate heat and become part of the system, and then need modelling. Putting a thermometer in the air changes conditions a tiny bit. So no, weather forecasts will never be perfect.”Peter Neilley
It is up to us as mariners to analyse, interpret, compare and prepare – after all, you’re the Skipper you’re responsible.
DOWNBURST: A severe localised downdraft of wind from a cumulonimbus or towering cumulus cloud. The outward burst of air creates damaging winds at or near the earth’s surface. The term microburst is used to describe a downburst which causes damage over an area with horizontal dimensions of less than four kilometres.
KATABATIC WINDS: Katabatic wind is from the Greek translation Katabaino, which means ‘to go down’. They are downflowing winds from high elevations such as mountains. They are caused by forces that are the result of temperature differences induced by the local topography.
Jackie Parry wrote this article for Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance
Jackie is a Commercial Skipper/Professional Mariner, ex-Marine Rescue Skipper, previous TAFE Maritime Teacher and current Instructor of Professional Level Courses privately (Navigation/E-Charts/Passage Planning/Weather/Intro into Boating). Cert 4 Trainer, Recreational Sailor (ocean sailing around the planet, inland waterways, sailboats and motorboats), Author of Practical Maritime Books/Pilot Books/Memoirs/Articles, Speaker at Nautical and Book Events.https://sistershiptraining.com/
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Men Are Just Happier People!
What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another petrol station toilet because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress - $5,000. Tux rental - $100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes - one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
·If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman .
When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
·When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
Love the SAINT
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!
5/4/20 - TANTRUM
Half day fishing 1 blue, 1 stripe & 2 yellowfin all on 15kg all by Mia the bigest Yellowfin went 64kg should be a new Australian record bloody covid19. @tantrumlures #tuna #food