The Volvo Ocean Race yachts have safely rounded Cape Horn on the fourth leg of their round-the-world adventure thanks to the help of radar satellites steering them away from dangerous icebergs.
While all the legs of the race have their unique dangers, Volvo Ocean Race Meteorologist Chris Bedford said leg four is arguably the most dangerous. "The boats have to face 50-knot storms, massive seas and possible ice, and if something happens on the leg, help is many hours and, more likely, days away."
C-CORE, a Canadian company providing Earth observation based geo-information services, supplied ‘pre-leg’ reconnaissance of the areas in the Southern Ocean notorious for harbouring icebergs by using data acquired by the ESA’s Envisat and the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) RADARSAT-1 satellites.
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