The Great Southern Route : 2008 - 2009
less prevalent. Generally speaking, NW-N winds will not exceed force 5-6 near the Baja coast, with lighter winds further south, where pressure gradients are slackened. Along immediate coastal waters of Mexico and in cloud/rain free areas, "light" onshore sea breezes can be found during the day, with offshore land breezes at night, with generally long-period NW swells found, normally no more than 5-7 feet in the largest of sets. At times, strong and prolonged trade wind surges well to the south in the Southern Hemisphere will allow E-SE-S swells to propagate northward toward the region. These swells tend to be long- period, and are the result of the strengthening and building of a high pressure ridge south of the Equator. More on this particular weather feature follows later in this article. During the period of May through February, a general W-NW flowing current of 0.7-0.8kts is found along much of the Central American coastline, from Panama to abeam Cabo Corrientes. During March and April however, ocean currents become a bit more confused. The W-NW flowing current continues from near the Gulf of Tehuantepec eastward to Panama. However, from the Gulf of Tehuantepec to Cabo Corrientes, a south or southwestward flowing current develops at slower speeds, near about 0.4-0.5 knots Further north and west along the west coast of the Baja Peninsula, the "cool" California Current brings a general SE to S flowing current, averaging close to 0.5 knots during much of the year. So when is the best time of year to travel in this region? What are the best routes to take? Both "winter" and "summer" patterns have their pros and cons. Overall, the best times to travel occur in May, and in October, when weather patterns are in transition, and tropical activity is far less The world's finest boats and largest yachts demand it: a shine so lustrous, so deep -- so unmistakably Awlgrip. When you finish with Awlgrip, you get a topcoating system that is as durable and consistent as it is beautiful. And with a full spectrum of colors, Awlgrip provides truly innovative solutions and unmatched global support, giving you help -- and answers -- wherever you go. When you want it all, it's gotta be Awlgrip. www.awlgrip.com NORTH AMERICA 1 East Water Street Waukegan Illinois 60085 TEL: 847.599.6212 FAX: 847.599.6209 EUROPE Bannerlaan 54 2280 Grobbendonk Belgium TEL: 184.108.40.20670 FAX: 32.14.23.0880 AUSTRALIA Unit E54 Gold Coast City Marina 76 Waterway Drive Coomera Queensland 4209 Australia TEL: 61.7.5573.9655 or 1800.007.866 FAX: 61.7.5573.9677 NEW ZEALAND 686 Rosebank Road Avondale Auckland New Zealand TEL: 64.9.828.3009 or 0800.150.527 FAX: 64.9.828.1129 ASIA 449 Tagore Industrial Avenue 01-03 Hong Joo Industrial Building Singapore 787820 TEL: 65.6453.1981 FAX: 65.6453.1778 Awlgrip® is a registered trademark of Akzo Nobel IT'S GOTTA BE AWLGRIP Figure 2 -- Typical summer weather pattern along the Central American Coast.
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