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Testing for IRSR 2014

May is upon us and the team is hard at work preparing our Thunderbird 2013 for the International Robotic Sailing Regatta, taking place at California Maritime Academy June 7-13. As you might imagine, a lot of testing is needed for the Thunderbird 2013 to be fully race-ready by June. Not only does the boat need to be loaded with new and refined code, the 10-person competition team needs to be familiar with all the different components going into a world-class robotic sailboat.


On May 28th APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch will host a dinner meeting dedicated entirely to the UBC SailBot team! The title of the dinner meeting is "UBC Sailbot: Engineering an Autonomous Sailboat". If you are near Vancouver and are available on the evening of May 28th, we highly recommend you to come listen to our talk. See all details at the APEGBC event website:

progress report

April has been dominated by testing and preparing the Thunderbird 2013 for the IRSR coming up in June. Below are some pictures from recent testing sessions at UBC.
While the competition team is preparing Thunderbird 2013, we have not forgotten about our transatlantic vessel. Neil, Mechanical Co-lead, are heading the construction of the transatlantic vessel for the summer. Within the next couple of weeks we are finishing up epoxying all bottom hull cedar strips. The next step will be adding two layers of carbon fibre on both sides of the cedar strips layers, creating a carbon fibre - cedar - carbon fibre sandwich. Composites Research Network (CRN) at UBC will help us perform the wet layup of the hull, making sure that we do all the right steps in this project-critical phase.
Remember that you can always come visit us at UBC to see first hand our latest progress. Email us at to schedule a visit.

press highlight - BC Shipping News

In their May 2014 issue, BC Shipping News highlighted the UBC SailBot team as one of their main articles. Read the article by clicking on the image above...
Recommended reading!
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