Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012
It’s that time of year again when yachts and crews get organised to compete in one of the world’s toughest yacht races – the Rolex Sydney to Hobart.
Tidetech’s 2012 Sydney-Hobart package includes tides; ocean currents; a new sea surface temperature product; wave height, direction and period; and an online analysis briefing video from our science team.
Since we started supplying data and analysis for the race in 2008, our customers have achieved fantastic results, with all of the handicap winners since 2008 using our services. In 2011 half the fleet used Tidetech's data and analysis for the race.
With tactical navigation software seeing wider use in ocean racing, it’s essential to have all available data feeds to make the best tactical and strategic decisions.
The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) demonstrated the importance of good oceanographic data. Read this article to hear what VOR navigators and skippers said about using Tidetech’s data during the race. In particular, the race from Miami to Lisbon showed how the Gulf Stream played a dramatic role in fleet positioning and wave conditions.
The East Australian Current (EAC) is a major current that has been known to have a profound influence on the Sydney to Hobart fleet. In 2009, for example, Two True went further west than any other boat and made the most of fast offshore current, a major factor in the team’s overall race victory. You can read more about the EAC here.
We have also developed a new sea surface temperature (SST) product ahead of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The new product will provide higher resolution data showing the most up-to-date data possible SST data acquired from four satellites (technically very difficult to do). SST information is used to validate the ocean current forecasts for the east coast of Australia and the Bass Strait.
Watch the 2011 online analysis briefing: