Wind Speed and Direction
Sailing conditions offshore at Long Beach have a number of influences. The two
major influences are the thermal sea breeze and the Catalina eddy. The thermal
sea breezes are southwesterly with speeds of 10 to 16 knots in the afternoons, less
in the morning. The Catalina eddy gives several days with southeasterly to south
winds with speeds in the 6 to 12 knot range. This is most frequent in the spring
months. Frontal systems can also occur occasionally, causing medium to strong
northwesterly winds. Occasionally hot desert Santa Ana winds, or thunderstorms
occur which cause unusual wind speeds and directions.
June provides some of the best, most consistent sailing conditions in Long Beach
with the thermal sea breeze dominating the weather patterns at this time of year.
A daily weather briefing will be provided for all competitors. In addition the following
links provide useful information to plan your on the water strategy.
The California Current, a southerly ocean current provides the major influence on
water temperature in Southern California. This cool ocean current should keep the
water temperature in the range of 66f to 70f during Long Beach Race Week.
The temperature during Long Beach Race Week should be between 75f and 85f.