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 - posted February 08, 2012 04:10 PM      Profile for Lehua-Kona           Edit/Delete Post 

I just wanted to give a shout out in thanks for the course and website.

I live in Lahaina, Maui and yesterday we had two fast moving cold fronts move through along with a large, large NW swell. The winds were Kona, from the south, which is always bad for Lahaina. Since starting the Starpath Weather course I not only understand marine weather better, but I pay much more attention to the weather which paid off yesterday. My husband and I have a 44ft sailboat moored in the Lahaina roadstead and we knew with the cold fronts, south wind and NW swell things would get rough and so we prepared. Our boat survived well with no damage, but 5 boats were lost yesterday. Three broke there moorings and 2 went down on their moorings (both within a 200 yard radius of us). No one really thought the wind and swell would cause damage and so most boat owners didn't even prepare for storm watch. It was such a clear example of how just listening to the TV news weather forcast is not enough.

Your Marine Weather course, to me, is harder than the Celestial Navigation course, but equally important. My husband has been sailing for 30 years and is constantly amazed at the quiz questions and level of detail being asked. Yesterday was a clear example of how useful and well put together the course is.

Mahalo nui loa!

From: Maui

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