In association with Defence Technology Agency, MetOcean Solutions provided high resolution tidal forecasts in the Hauraki Gulf to MAPFRE during the Auckland Stopover of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
“We are delighted that our local knowledge and models could assist the Spanish Volvo boat MAPFRE,” says Dr David Johnson, MetOcean Solutions’ Technical Manager. “Our very high resolution models of coastal currents and waves are perfect for this kind of application. In a highly competitive fleet as in the VOR, every bit of information is important for optimising routing decisions.”
MAPFRE ingested output from the MetOcean Solutions tidal model into their navigation systems providing accurate current predictions for the Hauraki Gulf. MAPFRE made the best start to lead the fleet around a loop of the Waitematā Harbour and out into the Hauraki Gulf (Volvo Ocean Race news). They are heading to Itajai, Brazil at a leading score position with 39 points, followed by Dongfeng Race Team. Follow Volvo Ocean Race live at www.volvooceanrace.com/en/tracker.html
In addition to a tidal prediction model, MetOcean Solutions has also developed a 26-year current hindcast of the Hauraki Gulf, using a 2-dimensional Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) model run at 250m resolution that accurately resolve the tides and water levels inside the Gulf (click here for more information).
For further information about the Hauraki Gulf hindcasts and tidal models, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.