Mirpuri Foundation boat broken the seal on the drifter buoy and portuguese sailor Frederico Melo deployed it.
The drifter buoy is a important tech to help scientists at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collect data about ocean temperatures, swell height and currents. The team travels to remote places on the planet doing the Volvo Ocean Race and as such they can deploy these drifter buoys that send real time data for 400 days to scientists, through an iridium link. This allows them a better understanding of the weather and oceans, enabling them to create more accurate weather forecasts.
During the Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajaí, the Mirpuri Foundation Turn the Tide on plastic boat is sailing in the Southern Ocean, heading to Cape Horn. Skipper Dee Caffari says:
“We are now sailing in beautiful conditions again. The cloud cleared and as soon as the sun popped out the temperature rose three degrees. So we are now sailing in a balmy 12 degrees air temperature and 7 degrees water temperature. The sea state has short waves that make driving in the lighter conditions tricky, but we only really have today to enjoy these conditions as things will change tonight as a cold front catches up with us and overtakes us”.
Photo credits: Sam Greenfield
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