Proudly supporting the Australian Sailing Team in Rio

Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro

Congratulations to Tom Burton (GOLD), Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (SILVER),
Matt Belcher and Will Ryan (SILVER) and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (SILVER)

Water Technology is partnering with the Australian Sailing Team to provide detailed forecasts of hydrodynamic conditions within Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic sailing events.

Sailing in Guanabara Bay is very challenging, due to the complex currents, changing winds, and the natural topography of the bay. The narrow entrance to the Atlantic Ocean and a small island creates very complex eddies which change with the tides. Water Technology has been supporting the Australian Sailing Team by supplying detailed information regarding the currents within the bay to assist the team in forming their tactical plans for Olympic races.

A detailed hydrodynamic model of the Bay with a suite of input boundary conditions has been developed which covers the 350 km² bay and offshore area, extending from the famous beach of Copacabana in the west to Itaipuaçu eastward and north through the Bay and past Sugar Loaf Mountain. Collaboration with the Australian Sailing Team has seen the collection of current profiles and water levels within the Bay to establish calibration points and allow model refinement to allow surface currents to be modelled with confidence and allow sailors to reliably predict the race conditions.

We are thrilled to see the success of the Australian Sailing Team at the Rio Olympics so far, with Tom Burton claiming Gold in the Men’s Laser class, and Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin taking Silver in the Nacra 17 Mixed class. With Australia firmly in the frame for more medals over the coming days, we wish the team further success in the events to come.

INTERVIEW: Sailing Gold Medallist Tom Burton on SEN1116 Breakfast with Frank and Ox

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Elise Lawry
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