S change now through the fleet and S to SE wind will continue until the end of the race for all boats.
Most consistent S wind looks to be THU morning.
There has been an isolated shower or 2 with the S front – most showers and storms were late yesterday with the pre-frontal trough and most ahead of the fleet.
High pressure will build off the NSW S coast tonight and tomorrow, and the S winds will contract north along the NSW coast – easing and shifting SE-NE on the central coast.
The wind will moderate on the NSW north coast later THU and FRI and turn SE-NE later SAT 06.
FORECAST (stepping north with the fleet; wind is average, gusts will be stronge
WED 03 Hunter to far north coast
WIND SW-S/15-25 then S-SE/16-23 afternoon and back S/18-24 overnight; less S-SW/10-15 winds very close to the coast.
WAVES 1.5m waves on a 1m E swell
WEATHER mostly cloudy with a few showers
THU 04 Coffs to SE QLD
WIND SW-S/17-24 easing from the south SE/14-18 at night but persisting SE/15-22 in the north; strongest SE breeze offshore in the afternoon and night – with S-SW/8-14 very close to the coast.
WAVES 1.5m waves and 1m SE swell
WEATHER fairly cloudy with a morning shower or 2; clearing from the south during the day
FRI 05 Far north coast NSW and SE QLD
WIND SW-S-SE/10-15 easing from the south
WAVES 1-1.5m waves and 1m SE swell
WEATHER partly cloudy – mostly dry