Analysis of storm that hit the 103rd Chicago Mac Race

Mark Thornton has written up a very good and detailed analysis of the storm that hit the 103rd running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Mark is a sailor and a graduate of the Penn State Certificate in Weather Forecasting program in which I am enrolled.

His analysis can be found here. It is a worthwhile read, especially for those of you (like myself) that weathered the storm this July.

Meteo 241

I started my Meteo 241 class yesterday, and Introduction to Tropical Weather Forecasting. On the very same day, tropical storm Irene was upgraded to a Hurricane and as I write it is a Category 2 storm bearing down on the Bahamas. It should be an interesting fall.

Follow my progress and my e-portfolio for Meteo 241 on my dedicated section of this site.

Chicago Mac Race

Emmy & I, along with our friends Tom, Mark, Kevin, Chris, and Bill, will be doing the 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac starting Friday. If you’re interested in our activities, read on.

You can track our progress during the race. There are two ways of tracking us:

1) We will be posting updates via twitter and Facebook. These will have position data along with brief updates from us on the water. To see these, either

a) Follow @endeavoursails on Twitter; or

b) “Like” our facebook page:

c) Visit our home page, A link to our twitter feed is on the left side of the page. 

2) The race itself will track the entire fleet. You can see this via a link to tracking on The link will be live Thursday night. 

The Facebook page will be the best way of tracking us.

We start at 3 p.m. on Friday in the “Cruising 2” section.  We anticipate finishing sometime on Monday. For general information on the race, see