Weather and Sailing Conditions
It’s Miami; do we need to say more? In case we do, here’s the summary: 12-25 knot tradewinds more than half the month. Just 4 days of less than 5 knots each December. Crystal clear, topaz-colored seas. Shorts and t-shirts and bikinis. And an average daily air temperature in December of 77°F (25°C) and water temperature of 75°F (23°C).
The Miami Melges 24 Worlds would propose two sailing areas – one inside roomy and flat Biscayne Bay, with the other outside Government Cut in the ocean. The open water courses are close enough to shore to minimize Gulf Stream currents, yet are free from the complications of shipping and recreational traffic. Unlike other venues, both courses are big enough for up to 100 boats without impediment. The typical wind pattern outside is a steady tradewind with strong Easterly components and right trends throughout the day, with wind-driven waves building to 5-6 feet (1.5-2m) in the afternoon and frequent ocean ground swell up to 6 feet (2m).
As the Etchells, Snipes, Stars, Tornadoes, Nacras, Lasers, and so on prove every year, Biscayne Bay has room for hundreds of keelboats without ever feeling crowded, and the Bay – just 20 minutes of motoring time from MYC – is ultra flat and sheltered, ideal for keeping the bottom half of the fleet and the Race Committee alive and kicking on the 5 days each December when Miami sees over 20 knots of breeze.
Down In Front!
Unlike the rest of Florida and the US Southeast, Miami is largely unaffected by the passage of cold fronts throughout December; less than 1 day each December sees Westerlies and their associated frigid temperatures.