Weather and Tides
Weather conditions are pretty kind on the River Blackwater we often have a micro climate and miss most of the worst weather in the area.
Winds generally are from the west or southwest but when the wind is north easterly or easterly it can get choppy particularly when wind over tide prevails.

The river between Osea Island and the club is about half a mile wide causing the tidal flow to be quite strong at times, so great care should be taken particularly when using a tender. Near High Water there often is a back eddy which when launching boats should be noted.
Weather
Below are links to various sources of weather information provided by club members, if you have a favourite we have missed or find a broken link please refer to the Cruiser Who’s Who page.
Look at the bottom of this page for an interesting animated weather information site.

  Inshore Waters and Strong Winds Forecast   Met Office
  Shipping Forecast and Gale Warnings   Met Office
  5 Day Regional Weather Forecast   Met Office
  Surface Pressure Charts   Met Office
  UK General Forecast Map (selectable location)   Met Office
  Current Local Conditions (North and South)   East Coast Pilot
  Synoptic Charts + North Atlantic and Europe Meteorological information   weathercharts.org
  Synoptic Charts 12 – 120 hours   Bracknell – notaminfo.com
  Wind Observations Nationwide and Forecast Maps   xcweather.co.uk
  Wind Finder 7 Day Regional Forecast Wind   Gusts, Waves and so on – windfinder.com
  14 day Sailing forecasts    – Gusts, Pressure, Waves, Visibility, Precipitation – weatheronline.co.uk

Windguru – Spot Location Wind Information
  Osea Island
  Brightlingsea
  Clacton on Sea
  Walton-on-the-Naze
  Lowestoft
  Sheerness
  Ramsgate
  Dover

Grib Files – Generally available for PC, Tablets or Phones
  What are Grib Files    plus a broad range of weather information – The Weather Window
  Grib files worldwide   Free software, no tricks or hidden costs – grib.us
  Grib files worldwide   Free software – zygrib.org

Android Phone Weather Apps
  Gribs and Marine Apps
  General Weather Apps
  WeatherOnline   Sailing specific forecasts

IPhone
  Boatie   All round information – also available for Android Phones
  WeatherOnline   Sailing specific forecasts
  XCWeather   Wind observations and Forecasts

Using Weather or Tidal Apps?   Please tell the Cruiser Captain so we can include them.

Tidal Information
  East Coast Pilot
  BBC Local Tide Tables
  Port of London Authority
  Tidetimes.co.uk

Android Phone Tidal Apps
  UK Tide Times
  Other Android Tidal Apps

More
  Windyty.com   An interesting animated World forecast site – click on map for live location info