Sailing the virtual Bol d'Or
This project is aimed at determining the course of a sailing boat on a lake, enabling the fastest journey from a departure to an arrival point. The frame of the lake, the wind field on water surfaces and its temporal evolution, as well as the sailing boat, are subprocesses integrated in a decision scheme based on dynamic programming. The wind field is provided by the COSMO-2 weather forecasting model operated at MeteoSwiss. The sailing duration is considered an abstract cost having to be minimized. Departure and arrival points are the initial and final conditions for the decision scheme.