Weather 4 MarineWeather4Marine is a new professional marine weather service provided by MeteoGib weather consultancy.  The business launched in 2015 by professional Meteorologist, Stephanie Ball.  A Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS), Stephanie is a highly experienced weather forecaster with almost 30 years experience working for the UK Met Office.
She has spent most of her forecasting career specialising in marine forecasting, providing forecasts for two of the world’s busiest Shipping lanes – the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar. 
Based in Gibraltar, our aim is to provide users with detailed bespoke and personalised marine forecasts whether you’re a solo Sailor, a Sailing Club or a Shipping Company. We specialise in marine forecasts for the Mediterranean and may also be able to assist further afield, i.e in Transatlantic Sailing. Do you run a marine related business?  If so, we can provide a detailed 5 day marine forecast for your location (please contact us for an example), providing you with all the information you need – wind, weather, sea state and swell with prior warning given of severe weather which may impact on your business operations. Whereas for solo sailors in more remote areas, we can provide weather support via coded messages to your satellite device (i.e YellowBrick) or via email – keeping track of your position and supporting you all the way with up to date and accurate wind forecasts and of any impending storms.     Visit main website





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Sailing Westbound Transatlantic – Gibraltar to Antigua – S/Y Yanosha


In March 2015 we sailed Yanosha from Gibraltar to Antigua with a stop off in Tenerife. The first leg from Gibraltar to Tenerife is only 750 miles, so it’s just a matter of finding a weather window & getting south as quickly as possible. The second leg is a bit more tricky, with the distance from Tenerife to Antigua about 2750 miles. We left with 700 litres of fuel in the tanks & another 400 in jerry cans & a bladder. This would give us about 5 full days under engine or about 900 miles. This is also taking into account the daily use of the generator for charging the batteries & cooking on the electric stove and so we would need to sail the other 1850 miles or so.

I use Grib files to do my forecasting on the boat at sea.  For this passage I also got regular updates via email from Steph Ball (MeteoGib), a meteorologist from Gibraltar.

IMG_9700smallI have sailed this passage many times & the biggest worry is not strong wind but not enough wind as this can result in not having enough fuel to keep the boat working & moving. It was for this reason I wanted the extra help & details that Steph could provide to keep us on the wind, and also for the peace of mind that comes with having an outside forecaster to confirm my forecasts.

Steph did a fantastic job keeping us on the wind, especially on the last third of the trip when the wind became light. She gave us small details that helped predicting when to jibe and on one occasion she managed to conjure up some wind that was not on my forecast at all as if she had a hotline to the wind gods themselves! It was also brilliant to get other news like the rugby & cricket results that Steph would add onto the forecasts for us.

I would recommend Steph & her weather-routing service to any boat on any passage. I will most certainly be using her again for offshore passages.






Words & photos
Matt Sulley.
Skipper S/Y Yanosha.

Yanosha is a Shipman 63.
Length 19:20m
Width 04:95m
Depth 03:50m


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