The impact of ice gates on the competition
First part of the conclusions from the round table discussion Sailing in the Southern Ocean: Ice Gates and Climate Change: impact on the competition.[Go to the article]
Ice gates imply a massive change to the way the Southern Ocean is tackled in round the world racing. That was something that the participants were unanimous on in the round table debate: Sailing in the Southern Ocean: Ice Gates and Climate Change, held on the 5th of February 2013. Whether they were a convenient way to manage exclusion zones threw up some differing opinions.
Navigator Joan Vila, meteorologist Marcel Van Triest and the head of Ocean Sciences at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Jorge Luis Valdés debated the issue of ice gates in the context of the round table discussion Sailing in the Southern Ocean: Ice Gates and Climate Change with journalists and internet followers. The debate was divided into three parts: the influence of climate change, ice detection technology and the impact of ice gates on the competition. This final section of the debate is examined in this article.