The Microtransat Challenge


2014 Transatlantic Race

The 2014 Microtransat is running for the duration of the year. Teams may depart at any time during the year, for a list of competing teams see the registered teams page.

Changes from 2013

A few minor rule changes have been made since 2013, the main changes being that boats must transmit and log their positions once every 6 hours instead of every 24 and that any competitor who recovers their boat (even if it doesn't cross the finish line) must submit their log data and details of the recovery. The start lines have been moved further offshore to reduce the chance of collisions with other boats, although teams are free to launch from or near the shore if they still wish to. A full list of changes can be seen on the wiki rules page.

Start and Finish Lines

There are two possible routes that a boat may take, either West to East from North America to Europe or East to West from Europe to North America.

The East to West route start line is along the line between 51 degrees north, 16 degrees west and 45 degrees north, 8 degrees west. The finish line is along 60 degrees West between 10 and 25 degrees North. Click here to see a map of this route.

The West to East route start line is along the line of line of longitude at 47 degrees and 30 minutes West, between 41 and 48 degrees North. The finish line is along the line of 11 degrees West between 45 and 55 degrees North. Click here to see a map of this route.

Competing teams may depart from anywhere they choose, providing they cross the start line. Additionally the 40 nautical miles proceeding the start line must be sailed autonomously. Teams must specify a target point on the finish line and must reach within 25km of this point in order to complete the competition.

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