The Olympic Sailing Competition 2016 took place in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the good experience during the Olympic Games 2008 and 2012, and the World Championship of 2010 in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, Svašek Hydraulics has again provided current forecasts for the Dutch sailing team for the Olympic Sailing competition 2016.
To provide accurate current predictions Svašek Hydraulics has used its in-house developed existing numerical flow model FINEL. A model schematisation was set up for Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings. Local grid spacing is adjusted in the sailing area to obtain detailed current patterns in the area of interest.
To calibrate the model, current measurements have been done by Svašek Hydraulics. These measure-ments have been performed with an ADCP, fixed to a vessel. Both velocity and direction of flow over full water depth have been measured. The FINEL current model has been successfully validated with the obtained current data.
With the validated model Svašek Hydraulics has provided current forecasts at a ten minute interval during the Olympic Sailing Games of 2016. These forecasts assisted the Dutch team to win two gold medals during the Olympic Games 2016.