​Weather at Sea - New Book from Clipper Race Meteorologist Simon Rowell

28 October 2020

Utilising his years of experience as a skipper, instructor, meteorologist and forecaster, Simon Rowell has written a guide to ‘Weather at Sea’. His debut book explains the basic principles that govern the weather from a practical, on the water, sailor’s point of view, covering global, regional and also local weather patterns.

Based on the content from weather courses he has designed and taught for the last ten years to RYA Yachtmaster instructors, as well as many Clipper Race Crew and Skippers, he explains the basic physics creatively and puts it in context with real situations to enable you to apply weather theory to practical sailing scenarios. Hundreds of illustrations aid the communication of what can be a complex subject, enabling you to better understand the weather and increase your enjoyment and safety when out on the water.

Simon has been a yachting professional since 1997, starting off as an instructor. He skippered the winning team in the 2002 edition of the Clipper Race, returning as Assistant Race Director for the 2005 edition. Since 2011 he has been the Meteorologist and Forecaster for the Clipper Race as well as for the British Sailing Team since 2015 and forecasted for the Olympic Games and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On the release of his first book, Simon said: “I wanted to explain weather from a sailor's point of view, and to give a practical understanding of what happens so that people can make better on-the-water decisions. The aim is that people get a good understanding of how weather works from the global, to regional, to local scales and how that's all connected.

“I try to explain how modern forecasting works so that sailors can decide which forecast is right for them depending on the situation they are in. I also spend time looking at tropical weather and some of the differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. All this comes with a good dollop of my own experience as a Clipper Race Skipper and now forecaster.”

With the foreword from none other than Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, this is the perfect book for any sailor, of all levels, looking to improve their understanding of weather for when venturing out on the water.

To purchase Weather at Sea click here. The book can be shipped worldwide and signing up to the Fernhurst Books Mailing list will give readers a 25% discount.