Basic Sailing Theory
Weather and Tides
Sailing is strongly influenced by wind conditions. If the wind is too light or too strong sailing cannot
take place. The recommended conditions for beginners is wind speeds between 3 and 10 knots. Check the weather
forecast for the Belfast area using the following link
BBC 5 DAY Forecast.
Wind strength can vary during the day so you should check the daily forecast also
BBC 24 hr Forecast.
Coastal waters and rivers are affected by tides, generally for sailing on the River Lagan this is usually not of
concern to us, however the River Lagan is affected by tides, currents generally become stronger as the tide is
going out or coming in. However if you are sailing at sea you must be fully aware of tides and not sail when
currents are becoming stronger, tides can be checked using the following link
BBC Tide Tables.
Last Updated February 1st, © 2008 QUB Sailing club