Doing well in a long-distance race such as the Bayview Mack or Chicago Mac demands teamwork, endurance, and a routing strategy based on an accurate weather forecast. Developing a competitive strategy requires an understanding of basic weather forecasting principles, a familiarity with weather resources, and a working knowledge of modern routing software. This three-part webinar series is designed for sailors who are relatively new to long-distance racing or experienced competitors who would like to refresh their skills before the season begins.

Seminar Topics

  • Finding & Interpreting Weather Maps
  • Weather Forecast Model Basics
  • Wind Forecasting
  • Forecasting Thunderstorms
  • Doppler Weather Radar Basics
  • Getting Weather Data
  • Measuring Forecast Model Accuracy
  • Weather Routing Essentials

Click here to download the flyer for this series.

Don't worry if you can't attend one of the live sessions. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees until July 15, 2024.



Live Webinar Series

March 14, 21 & 28, 2024

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Eastern)

Registration - Only $80 for all live sessions and access to the recordings until July 15, 2024.

Please send questions regarding the webinar to Mark Thornton at Mark@LakeErieWX.com. Please click here to view the speaker's resume.

About The Presenter

Mark Thornton has sailed for more than 30 years and currently owns Osprey, a Mainship 34 Pilot. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting.

He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bayview Mackinac Race since 2014. Mark is also on the faculty of Annapolis Boat Shows - Cruiser University.