World Robotic Sailing Championship & International Robotic Sailing Conference

Welcome to the seventh annual World Robotic Sailing Championship and International Robotic Sailing Conference (WRSC/IRSC), 2014.

We're pleased to announce that the WRSC / IRSC is coming to Galway, Ireland from September 8th to 13th of this year (2014).

Previous events were held in Austria (2008), Portugal (2009), Canada (2010), Germany (2011), Wales (2012) and Brest (France) in 2013.

The WRSC is a competition open to fully autonomous and unmanned sailing boats up to 4m in length. The accompanying International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC) provides an ideal venue to discuss the broad range of scientific problems involved in the design and development of autonomous sailboats.

Latest News

Registration is now open! You can now register and pay online for IRSC and WRSC 2014.

Due to requests from spectators and competitors alike, we have moved the Bottle Boat competition from Wednesday the 10th of September, to Saturday the 13th. This adds an extra day to the event, and allows the entrants in the main competition a chance to also enter the Bottle Boat competition.

Robotic Sailing

Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, border surveillance, security, assistance and rescue. The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control. Building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, systems/electrical engineers and computer scientists. Since 2004, competitions such as Sailbot, World Robotic Sailing Championship and Microtransat have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots. Despite this interest the longest distance sailed autonomously remains only a few hundred miles. Many of the challenges in building truly autonomous sailing robots still remain unsolved. IRSC and WRSC promote the development of autonomous wind-propelled sailing robots.

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Previous WRSC images courtesy of Colin Sauze of Aberystwyth University