The hi-tech road to Rio
THE HAGUE _ The InnoSportLab in The Hague, together with Delft University of Technology and Sailmon, a Dutch technology company, has developed a hi-tech instrument that measures wind speeds and direction as well as currents very accurately. It relays that data real-time to an on-shore coach.
The Weather Telemetry unit includes a wind sensor, a GPS compass and processor and a display screen and renders crucial information about race conditions. The InnoSportLab says accurate data can make a difference between a gold and silver medal.
Marit Bouwmeester, world champion in the Laser Radial, and her coach used the Weather Telemetry system at the world championships in Santander, Spain, in 2014. The unit also stores all recorded weather and water data.
Existing instruments are complex and expensive and are of little use in no-wind conditions when a sailboat lies idled. The Weather Telemetry instrument will aid Dutch sailors at major sailing events, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The system does not relay radio communications in line with International Olympic Committee rules.