2013 Sailbot Regatta Competition Results

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Hosted by the City of Gloucester and Olin College of Engineering, the 2013 Sailbot Regatta results are in!

Olin's boat, Blackbody Radiation

The 2013 Sailbot Regatta was marked by a spectrum of weather only found in New England; everything from warm sunny days to squalls with 30 knot gusts. Sixteen teams from around the globe met in Gloucester, Massachusetts to brave the elements and put on a spectacular contest.

Building on the success of previous regattas, SailBot 2013 was hosted by the City of Gloucester and Olin College of Engineering and held in Gloucester Harbor from June 9th-13th. The competition hosted sixteen teams split between one-meter and two-meter boats. Participants competed in five events: two manual control fleet races as well as autonomous challenges of navigational accuracy, station-keeping and a long-distance race. Each team also presented their robotic sailboats to a panel of naval architects and professional roboticists.

Despite unpredictable and unforgiving weather, all sixteen teams showed up and every single boat was able to sail. Within these sixteen teams, ten were novices to the competition and six represented high schools. Three of those high school teams will be organizing and hosting a regional competition in 2014, in hopes of encouraging more high schools to join the excitement.

“Project-based competitions, like Sailbot, are extraordinary learning opportunities for the participants,” said Andrew Bennett, Associate Professor of Engineering at Olin College and race organizer. “Learning engineering through actually building a functioning robot with limited funds and during a certain timeframe and then competing is thrilling, and a valuable life lesson.”

Though the competition was close, the University of British Columbia prevailed as the overall 2013 winner and will have the honor of hosting next year’s event.

Two-Meter Contestants:

  •     University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  •     U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
  •     Aberystwyth University (Aberystwyth, Wales)
  •     Olin College (Needham, MA)
  •     Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland)
  •     Iowa State University (Ames, IA)

One-Meter Contestants:

  •     Albemarle High School (Charlottesville, VA)
  •     Newburyport High School (Newburyport, MA)
  •     Gloucester High School (Gloucester, MA)
  •     Community Boating (Boston, MA)
  •     Endicott College (Beverly, MA)
  •     Tufts University (Boston, MA)
  •     Gloucester High School (Gloucester, MA)
  •     University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
  •     Swampscott High School (Swampscott, MA)
  •     El Dorado High School (Albuquerque, NM)

Results are as follows:

Overall Two Meter:
                 First Place UBC
                 Second Place USNA
                 Third Place Aberystwyth University

Overall Onw Meter
                 First Place Albermarle MESA
                 Second Place Newburyport HS
                 Third Place Gloucester HS

Navigation Accuracy Two Meter: University of British Columbia

Navigation Accuracy One Meter: Albermarle MESA

Presentation Two Meter: University of British Columbia

Presentation One Meter: Albermarle MESA

Long Distance Two Meter: University of British Columbia

Long Distance One Meter: Albermarle MESA

Stationkeeping Two Meter: Tie
                 University of British Columbia
                 Aberystwyth University

Stationkeeping One Meter: Albermarle Mesa

Fleet Race Two Meter: University of British Columbia

Fleet Race One Meter: Tie
                 Community Boating, Inc.
                 Endicott College
                 Tufts University

“The City of Gloucester, Maritime Gloucester, Ocean Alliance and Endicott College were spectacular partners for the race. We could not have pulled this off without their support,” said Bennett.

To learn more about Sailbot, please visit Sailbot.org.

To learn more about Olin College, please visit Olin.edu.

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