If you want a full description of Tuesday's events, off Valencia, just read Monday's account.
We set off again "to watch the racing", to the dulcet tones of the radio guys who again waxed lyrical about building cumulus and thermal breezes. If they'd lived here as long as I have then maybe they could have saved their combined breath and given the poor listeners a break. After one solid month of rain, the land doesn't suddenly heat up to above air temperature and give you massive sea breezes.

A quick summary and guide to the general Valencia weather situation.

Generally about this time of year the Azores High establishes itself at around 42-45N and pushes the incoming atlantic lows to the north (this is why Great Britain is generally wet in spring).

This year (against the patterns for many years) it established itself over southern Britain, ie N Europe, and has pushed the lows over southern Europe. This has meant low temperatures and unsettled weather over the Iberian Peninsula.

As the land is still cold it will take a number of days to warm, with continued sun, (assuming we see a settled weather pattern) and after that we should see the general weather pattern of West winds from evening until mid morning when, as the sun heats the land the thermal sea breeze begins developing at around 11.30-12.30 and increasing during the afternoons to about 15-22 knots (The Garbi).

The current situation is completely against the normal flow, as can be seen in the current charts, where there are no more than one or two isobars over the iberian peninsula. This signifies no pressure gradient and therefor no wind apart from thermally produced sea or land breezes and is almost unknown here in the region for the time of year, so no blame can be placed at anyones front door.

I, personally, think that it will take about six days, at today's temperatures (25) and with the current pressure charts taken into account, to establish the thermal breezes to a point where they are consistent and reliable, unless a low or gradient pressure system (check above Bermuda) develops beforehand and either stabilises an alternative wind flow, or sends us back to where we were last week with variable winds and unsettled weather.

The whole crux of the situation is the instability of the Azores High and until it stabilises itself in its proper position there is no chance at all that the normal Iberian weather patterns can re establish and influence or establish the normal system for this area. Fans of Coutts - who is now crowing "I told you it should have been in Lisbon" - should take a look at the Portuguese gradients. Portugal is in exactly the same boat.