Deploying Gliders and Sailbuoy in Sea State 7

So yesterday, we deployed our glider and our sailbuoy!

The timing and weather window was not ideal, but we had limited time and so we made a go for it. We encountered 6+ m waves and winds in the 70 km/hr range. We also had occasional gusts of over 100 km/hr. We were quite nervous but we did deploy Sailbuoy Beluga and one of our gliders, Pearldiver, successfully without incident.

Unfortunately we were only able to successfully deploy one glider. The other glider had a a last-minute critical malfunction. Once we are back on shore we will assess the problems and get the glider ready for future missions. Given the weather circumstances, we are lucky we did not lose any of our equipment!

Sailbuoy successfully deployed in the North-Atlantic (photo cred: Mark Downey)

We thank the crew and the entire team for the overwhelming support and helping us get our equipment in the water!!

Published by Glider Nicolai

Oceanographic Scientist working at Memorial University

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