The 12th International Robotic Sailing Competition (IRSC) SailBot 2018 will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute from June 11-15 on Lake Quinsigamond in Massachusetts! Building on previous events’ success, similar challenges will be run. The competition is open to students from secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate programs, individuals and companies.
The International Robotic Sailing Regatta (SailBot) is a robotic sailing competition normally held in North America in which teams of university, college and high school students compete. The first event, in 2006, was hosted by Queen’s University, at Kingston, Ontario and was inspired by the success of a senior project at the University of British Columbia to build a robotic sailboat. Since 2008 teams have annually competed throughout the US and Canada, with teams traveling from as far away as Europe and Brazil. 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, software and engineering management skills to deal with this highly variable environment.