Robotic Sailboat Race Underway in Gloucester, MA

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The SailBoat 2013 International Robotic Sailing Regatta is a robotic sailing competition in which teams of university and college students compete. This year’s event takes place in Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts, starting (today) Monday, June 10 and running through Wednesday, June 12.

The goal is to create an unmanned sailboat that navigates through a variety of challenges with limited, if any, human control. Students are able to use this friendly competition between schools to apply their engineering knowledge in a multi-disciplinary task that requires mechanical, electrical, and software skill to deal with this highly variable environment.

Teams are headquartered at Maritime Gloucester and races will occur off Pavillion Beach in the outer harbor. Project presentations will take place at Endicott College’s Gloucester campus.

The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

Race Schedule:

  • Monday, June 10
    9:00 – 2:00 pm: Navigation Accuracy
    3:00 pm: Fleet Race 1 for 2-meter boats:
    4:30 pm: Fleet Race 1 for 1-meter boats
  • Tuesday, June 11
    9:00 – 2:00 pm: Stationkeeping
    3:00 pm: Fleet Race II for 1-meter boats
    4:30 pm: Fleet Race II for 2-meter boats
  • Wednesday, June 12
    9:00 am: Chase Race for 1-meter boats
    1:00 pm: Long Distance Race start for 1-meter boats
    4:30 pm: Long Distance Race start for 2-meter boats

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