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Oceanography and yacht racing: a handful of competitors, millions of spectators

David Griffin(1) , Madeleine Cahill(1) , and George Cresswell(1)

(1) CSIRO, GPO Box 1538, HOBART 7000, Australia


The Sydney to Hobart yacht race focusses much of the Australian public's attention on the Tasman Sea for a few days of their Christmas holiday period. For many years, CSIRO have used this event to publicise the abilities of the global ocean observing system. The eddies of the East Australian Current can be the deciding factor of the race. The fact that we can map the ocean conditions four days ago with much more confidence than 4 days ahead only adds to the excitement. With time, our web site has become more highly automated, with national, year-round coverage that is accessed by many types of marine operators, scientists, students, journalists, and others.


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                 Last modified: 07.10.03