Mini Maine Sailboats Compete in Trans-Atlantic Race

Photo courtesy of Compass Project.

Students enrolled in the Compass Project Boat Shop’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in Portland, Maine, have built four 4 1/2-foot-long unmanned sailboats they hope will make it across the Atlantic as part of a trans-Atlantic race that began from the Caribbean in late November. The race is a tribute to Dodge Morgan, the first American to sail solo nonstop around the world, who died in September.

Photo courtesy of Compass Project.

With the help of the Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association, the tiny boats traveled by Brazilian freighter from Searsport, Maine, to the Caribbean, where they were launched last week. It’s now hoped that the self-piloted, GPS-equipped boats will follow the trade winds and the Gulf Stream all the way to Europe. The mini sailboats were designed by Richard Baldwin, a longtime sailor and founder of Educational Passages.

The first boat to reach longitude 20 west, approximately 100 miles from Europe, will be declared the winner. The boats’ progress can be monitored through a web-based satellite positioning system (see link below). The 3 other boats participating in the race were built by students from Belfast High School, Searsport High School and the Mt. Desert Community Sailing Program.

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Video of Sea Trial:


Sea Trials for BRIDGES the unmanned mini sailboat preparing for the upcoming race to Europe. BRIDGES is the red and white boat that has been worked on by various school groups at the Compass Project boat shop.

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