In the daylight hours, a lot of our racing takes place in sea breeze conditions. As with many different local and mesoscale wind conditions, it pays to have more than a rudimentary understanding of meteorological principals and the dynamics of these wind features. If you can, through study before the race, try to have a feel for how far offshore the sea breeze will exist, and how the gradient wind will be filling in beyond its reach. Remember that at the outer edge of this band, the wind can be quite light as the local thermal wind transitions back to the gradient wind. Depending on the time of day and stage of the sea breeze cycle, you will likely want to avoid this transition zone. And, especially in the building phase of the sea breeze, the wind may be stronger near the shore.