Netherlands testing Rio’s Olympic waters
ROTTERDAM _ Dutch sailing officials are poring over results of initial currents and wind tests conducted off Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Olympics, by a Rotterdam-based water engineering consultancy. The Dutch sailing federation is exploring Rio’s water and wind conditions in detail. It says they are “more challenging’’ than at the 2012 games in Britain.
The currents off Rio, especially, are deemed “complex and variable.” The first wind and current tests have recently been completed. The tests were conducted by Svasek Hydraulics, a Rotterdam-based coastal engineering consultancy even before the first Dutch Olympic sailors begin sessions in Rio. Svasek’s expertise is in currents and waves dynamics.
The goal of the testing program is to familiarize Dutch sailors with local current profiles at Rio. Sailing at the 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held from Aug. 5–21 at Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay.
There will be 10 events, including the return of a mixed crew, Dutch-made multi-hulled Nacra-17.