Welcome! You are invited to follow our OU alumni sailor Antoine Cousot during his solo journey around our aquaplanet. He will be sailing using 1960’s navigation equipment and technology, not with modern day smart phones and GPS.
As we follow Antoine in his journey, we are hoping to give you some insights into his motivation for the race, follow his journey and explore conditions he may encounter, science of our oceans, features on the seafloor and much more.
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Antoine Cousot will be be starting his journey through the world's major oceans for the Golden Globe Ocean Race. Our academics ponder over some of the challenges he may face...Watch nowGolden Globe Ocean Race: Navigating at sea, rough seas and speed
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Science: concepts and practice
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