Paul H. Miller, D.Eng., P.E.

The 5th International Robotic Sailing

Competition! SailBot 2011

13-16 June 2011

Annapolis, Maryland

SailBot 2011, the North American competition for robotic sailboats was held at the United States Naval Academy from 13-16 June 2011! The competition was open to the 2 meter SailBot Class and an Open Class (which are boats up to 4 meters in length - see the Class Rules for the actual requirements of each class).

The competition consisted of five events to test various aspects of the design, construction and control logic. Each event was worth 10 points for a maximum of 50 possible earned points.

  • Fleet racing to test speed (non-manual rudder and sail control incurs no points penalty)  
  • Station keeping to test logic
  • Endurance contest (a 10-km race)
  • Autonomous navigation contest to test precision.
  • Judges evaluation of a presentation on the design, construction and innovation

As in the past, there was no entry fee! Six teams participated in conditions that ranged from near-calm to 15 knots. All the teams were competitive and showed clever innovations. For the first time in SailBot history the final placings were not determined until the last boat crossed the finish line in the last event!

Results:

Place

Team

Fleet Racing

Station Keeping

Presentation

Navigation

Long Distance

Total

1

USNA - GTB

9

9

8.8

10

4

40.8

2

UBC

10

9

9.1

7

5

40.1

3

RMC

7

9

7.8

5

28.8

4

MUN

8

5

8.3

21.3

5

USNA - SOA

7

4.5

8.8

20.3

6

Queen’s

6

5

8.1

19.1

The Boats! (Click for larger resolution)

  • Mem Univ
  • Queens
  • Royal Mil. College
  • University British Columbia
  • USNA Gill the Boat
  • USNA Spirit of Annapolis

SailBot 2008! The 2nd International SailBot Competition

Welcome to the Webpage for SailBot 2008! SailBot is an international competition for autonomously controlled sailboats. Aimed primarily at undergraduate student teams, the goal is to give engineering students a practical application of the topics they have learned, while also providing a fun way to learn project management in a multidisciplinary environment. A successful SailBot balances the needs of naval architecture, mechanical engineering, systems and electrical engineering, as well as project management.

SailBots have a maximum length of two meters, a maximum beam of three meters and a maximum draft of 1.5 meters. There are few other restrictions, which allow for a wide variety of solutions. The boats must be, as much as possible, designed and built by the students.

The 2008 competition was hosted by the United States Naval Academy from 12-14 May at the Robert Crown Sailing Center. Included this year was an Exhibition Class (Open Class) for those boats and teams that did not meet the SailBot criteria.

Results! 

Congratulations to Queen's University for winning SailBot 2008! As is typical in early May, Annapolis provided a variety of weather conditions, ranging from 30 knots and rain, to sunny, warm and calm! Teams from three schools participated with close racing and the thinnest of margins. Each boat was quite different and all had some trials and tribulations. 

Overall Scores:

Queen's University: 25.5 points

United States Naval Academy: 24.5 points

University of British Columbia: 13 points

Events:

Presentation Winner: Queen's

Match Racing Winner: USNA

Station Keeping Winner: Queen's

Long Distance Race Winner: USNA

Navigation Contest: No starters

Exhibition Class Winner: UBC

Housing Links:

      (for no-cost housing with local families please contact Paul below)

      Camping - The nearest campground (tent/RV sites and economical cabins)- about 20 minutes away

      Hotels - The nearest hotel (and priciest, but VERY NICE!)

                - Historic hotels and inns within walking distance

                - Various listings

                - An interesting place to stay within walking distance and above one of the best deli's in town.

The nearest airport with commercial service is Baltimore Washington International (BWI). There is also an Amtrak railroad station at the airport.

The weather in Annapolis in mid-June is generally warm, with temperatures between 15-30C. Winds can be 0-30 knots and we may have rain! In other words, expect pretty much anything.

Contact:

Prof. Paul Miller, 2011 Event Chairman

Other Links:

Papers:

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