Transatlantic race of Robot Boats by Microtransat Challenge

by OldSailor on May 21, 2008



The Microtransat Challenge is planning to conduct a transatlantic race of fully autonomous sailing boats this year. The race is expected to start between September 29 and October 5, 2008. The interesting part of Microtransat Challenge is:

  • the starting point: Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
  • the finishing point: between 10 degrees and 25 degrees North and 60 degrees West.
  • registration is still open. As of now nine teams are participating
  • no entry fee
  • competition is open to individuals, universities, schools and companies.
  • it may take around 2 or 3 months to cross the Atlantic.
  • boats longer than four metres are not permitted
  • multi hulled boats are permitted
  • no limitation on the height of the mast but the keel should ideally be less than 2 metres.
  • boats should have a radar reflector and to have clear warnings that it is unmanned.

Here is a sketch of Robotboat Mark III of US.


Video clips of fully autonomous sailing boats are here. More details are here at sail-world.

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