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.
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A spin off competition, the World Robotic Sailing Championships (WRSC) was created in 2008 and has taken place annually since then. This consists of a series of short races and other challenges for competing boats to undertake autonomously. Many teams who take part in the Microtransat (or who plan to) also attend the WRSC. Also attached to this event 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. This year's WRSC will be in Southampton, UK from August 27th to September 1st.
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. This year's Sailbot will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Massachusettes, USA from June 10th to 15th.
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.