Weather Buoy

July 14, 2010 1:27 pm

NOAA CBIBS Weather BuoyDuring this summer’s USODA Layline Nationals, sailors and their coaches will be able to access real time data about the wind and current conditions thanks to the Stingray Point Weather Buoy. The buoy is part of a system called CBIBS, the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System, and is located a mile to the northeast of the sailing area. We are fortunate to have a weather buoy that is close enough to make its measurements useful for the regatta. Fishing Bay Yacht Club officials helped the NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) choose the location of this buoy when they launched it in July, 2008. The buoy has been of great use to the club since then as it provides quite a wide variety of information.

By Computer

If you want to check out the buoy from a computer, this website, the Opti Nationals home page, has a link labeled “Weather” which allows you to click on the CBIBS Stingray Point Buoy to see the latest measurements. You can also go to CBIBS’ homepage, www.buoybay.org.

By Mobile Browser

A number of you will probably be using mobile phones with internet access during race week. The phone-friendly website is www.buoybay.org/m/, and from there you should select “Stingray Point” in order to see the most recent data.

By Phone

An alternative method, and the one to use if you lack internet access, is to call the buoy from your phone by dialing 877-BUOY-BAY. The recording will tell you the options. Choose the Stingray Point buoy and you will hear another list of options. If you select “Observational messages” you will be taken to a menu that lets you choose between meteorological data, wave and current data, and water quality data. The meteorological data is what you will probably need, though you may want to know about the waves and the current as well. The third option is there because CBIBS is an important tool for scientists studying the Chesapeake Bay. If you use the mobile website, all of the measurements will be in one convenient list.

Stingray Weather Buoy LocationIn addition to their use by sailors and scientists, the weather buoys serve an historic function. They are located along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which is the first water trail in the National Park Service’s National Trail System. Calling the buoy therefore enables you to find out about John Smith’s activities in the immediate vicinity back in 1608, and the website lets you compare current conditions with those of the past. Though you might want to learn about the area’s history during another, less busy week, we encourage our visiting sailors to contact the buoy throughout Nationals in order to find out what the wind is doing and help prepare themselves for successful racing.

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