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May 01, 2006

Significant wave height and wind direction from NOAA WaveWatch III Model. Geostrophic currents and drift trajectories.
Significant wave height and wind direction from NOAA WaveWatch III Model.       Geostrophic currents and drift trajectories.

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) provides near-real time surface currents from altimetry,
sea surface temperature data, and surface winds to Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) yachting teams. VOR, held every 4 years, covers
31,000 nautical miles in 9 legs, starting in Vigo, Spain in November 2005 and finishing in Goteborg, Sweden in June 2006.
A dedicated AOML web page displays data distributed to the sailboats.
Racing teams can use this information to negotiate (un)favorable currents or winds during the race. This collaboration
in turn provides feedback on data products, as well as atmospheric and sailboat drift data to NOAA from the teams, helping
with validation efforts.

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