August 8, 2012
Week 1 of the Waiting Period
The first week of the Red Bull Storm Chase waiting period (Aug 1 till Nov 30) has passed.
It's been a tense start, as two possible destinations had already been marked with the warning level "Elevated", which means that the crew has a very close look at developing weather systems nearby.
As crew and competitors are shuffling to prepare for the day when the first mission starts, several sailors have now received their sailor packages. It's still a little mystery what's inside these wooden boxes, but we'll give you the rundown as soon as all packages have made their way into Storm Chaser's hands.
Most important status updates of the week
Currently having a close look at systems near Tasmania. These might develop further. Will keep you posted.
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 2, 2012
Typhoon might be hitting Japan's coast next week. Saturday & Sunday look promising. Going to start first preparatory efforts tomorrow.
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 3, 2012
Current forecast looking lighter for Japan. Alert is off. It's rocking in Tasmania right now, 8-10 Bft, huge waves. Anybody out there?
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 5, 2012
Project Update Clip - Sports & Athletes
The first Project Update Clip was posted to the reports section of the homepage. The crew visited several of the chosen Storm Chasers and head judge Duncan Coombs on Tenerife, after the PWA wave event down there had finished. They were congratulated to have made it into the fleet by Sports & Athletes Manager Klaas Voget and portrayed their expectations for Red Bull Storm Chase.
Check it out:
What's on tap for week 2
For the start of this week, the crew is having a close look at possible storms in the region of Tasmania. They had suitable conditions down there over the weekend, but unfortunately the preparation time for a possible mission was not sufficient. We'll give you a detailed look into the proceedings for mission warnings and preparation in a dedicated blog post the coming week.
Furthermore there will be more videos posted to the frontpage gallery throughout the week, including a very personal story by one highly motivated sailor, who unfortunately couldn't sign up for the competition.
As of right now, it looks like there might be more low pressure systems building near Tasmania, so keep your fingers crossed and keep an eye on the homepage. Stay tuned!