Site debuts boating weather service

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Weather Underground, the world’s first online weather service, launched a new sailing and boating weather page, providing boaters with detailed, local weather information alongside specialist marine data from partner ActiveCaptain.

Weather Underground’s unrivaled network of 16,000 personal weather stations across the US reports current wind speed and direction readings, and generates localized and reliable coastal weather forecasts. The detailed wave graphs separate out swell and wind waves to prepare sailors for conditions out on the water. Tide charts also allow users to view both historical and future tidal data.

ActiveCaptain provides specialized, local marine information that is plotted on an interactive map. Featured data points include nearest anchorage, marine hazards, local knowledge and nearest marinas. Weather Underground’s animated radar and satellite data are also available as extra layers on the map.

“Weather plays such a crucial role in the safety and enjoyment of all boating activities and our new page will serve the sailing community with an invaluable free resource,” Weather Underground president and co-founder Alan Steremberg said. “Designed for professionals and hobbyists alike our page is a one-stop shop for planning any boating or sailing trip.”

The service can be found under the Travel and Activities section of the site or at www.wunderground.com/sailing-weather/.