The Microtransat Challenge


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.

The 2020 transatlantic race is now open to competitors. Please see the registered teams page for a list of teams who have registered to compete or have already competed.

The tracking pages show live tracking maps for all boats which are currently competing or have already made their attempts.

Related Competitions

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 2020 WRSC will not be running a physical event but might still run an online event.

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 2020 competition has been rescheduled to summer 2021 and will be hosted by Newburyport High School at Lake Attitash in Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA

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.

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