Spain SailGP Team on Race Day 2, Bermuda Photo credit Bob Martin for SailGP Spain SailGP Team on Race Day 2, Bermuda Photo credit Bob Martin for SailGP

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Tidal modelling support for SailGP racing teams

We are developing detailed oceanographic models to support the international athletes competing in Season 2 of the SailGP global championship.

SailGP is an international sail racing competition, featuring eight teams going head-to-head on high performance F50 foiling catamarans in short, intense races through nine events across the globe.

Season 2 of the Championship is well underway; the world class athletes competed in Bermuda and Italy in April and May, and Event 3 will take place this weekend (17-18 July) in Plymouth, UK, with support from Associated British Ports.

ABPmer is the official Tidal Modelling supplier of SailGP. Starting with this weekend’s Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, we will provide race-day current data at 10-minute intervals for key Season 2 race events through to March 2022, including Denmark, New Zealand and the US, where tides are the primary driver of surface currents.

Our modelling specialists are creating high-resolution hydrodynamic (water motion) numerical models for the sailors to provide maps of current speed and direction across the race areas. The numerical models are being developed with a flexible mesh to allow the accurate representation of important bathymetric (water depth) features, while maintaining computational efficiency.

Example tidal current data around the Plymouth race area
Example tidal current data around the Plymouth race area

With the SailGP teams flying the cutting-edge F50 wingsailed catamarans to electrifying speeds approaching up to 100 km/h, tidal current information will be a key data-feed used to optimise performance on race days.

ABPmer is a recognised leader in offshore, coastal and estuarine numerical modelling. Our sophisticated numerical models regularly support estuarine, coastal and offshore projects, including feasibility and design studies, impact assessments and operational planning.

Main photo: Spain SailGP Team co-helmed by Florian Trittel and Phil Robertson in action on Race Day 2. Bermuda SailGP presented by Hamilton Princess, Event 1 Season 2 in Hamilton, Bermuda. 25 April 2021. Photo: Bob Martin for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP.