About the Microtransat
The Microtransat Challenge is a transatlantic race for autonomous boats. The race aims to stimulate the development of autonomous boats through friendly competition.
- September 18th 2018 - Gortobot v3 Launches from Gloucester, Massachusetts.
- August 26th 2018 - SB Met becomes first boat to complete the Microtransat.
A spin off competition, the World Robotic Sailing Championships (WRSC) was created in 2008. This consists of a series of short races and other challenges for autonomous boats. Attached to the WRSC is the International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC), which allows researchers in the area a chance to meet up and discuss the scientific issues related to robotic sailing. The 2019 WRSC is in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China from August 25th to 31st.
The SailBot competition is another competition for robotic sailing boats, which has taken place in North America since 2006. This is targeted at student teams and focuses on high performance short distance racing. The 2019 Sailbot was hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Massachusettes, USA, between June 3rd and 7th.
Microtransat teams are encouraged to attend a WRSC or SailBot event to meet other teams, exchange ideas and test out their boats and compare against others.