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sailing science

A bit promotional, but for you tech geeks, this sounds interesting…

When a slick Volvo Open 70 like PUMA’s Mar Mostro, sporting a state-of-the-art Nortek Doppler
Velocity Log (DVL), arrives in a city that several of the foremost ocean and atmospheric scientists  call home, an exciting and insightful discussion is bound to ensue. As the PUMA Ocean Racing  team charge ahead toward the finish line of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race  2011-12 in Miami, scientists, engineers, and performance analysts are coordinating an effort on  knowledge sharing. The group has pulled together a panel discussion titled, “Science Meets  Offshore Sailing: How Ocean and Weather Forecasting Models Help Around-the-World Sailors.”  The forum will be open to the public and allow engineers, modelers, and sailors to compare notes  as teams prepare for a leg in which ocean currents will play a key role in their strategy.

Panel organizers include modelers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and  Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)  along with engineers at Nortek and PUMA’s Robert Hopkins, who has been assembling current  tracks collected by the Nortek DVL at the conclusion of each leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Hopkins sits in the rare position of comparing current models with PUMA’s own current  measurements taken using the Nortek DVL. He has been overlaying these tracks with ocean  current models, noticing both similarities and differences with this unique data set. To be held 9:30 AM, Thursday, May 17
Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue , Miami  More here.