The UBC SailBot is a student team devoted to designing and manufacturing robotic sailboats. UBC SailBot has a rich history and tradition since its founding in 2002. Students have had the opportunity to become capable engineers with refined skills through the development and manufacturing of highly competitive marine vessels. It is unquestionable, therefore, that their learning in the Faculty of Applied Science and their UBC experience were greatly supplemented by their participation in SailBot and the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSC).
Our victories in Maryland in 2006, Vancouver in 2012, and Massachusetts in June 2013 have made us the leading standard for engineering teams at UBC and in the IRSC. After the perfect score we achieved in the competition this year, we now look to enter ourselves into the history books as the first team to cross the Atlantic Ocean sailing autonomously. This attempt and our recent track record haven’t gone unnoticed, and industry leaders, distinctive faculty members and fellow students are genuinely supportive of the project and eager to take part in our efforts.
Additionally, UBC SailBot is one of the prime supporters of the new Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Masters Program in the Mechanical Engineering department. Naturally, the students that take part in SailBot often express interest in Naval Architecture, and we offer them with a first point-of-contact to industry research, software, research and companies. We intend to continue the strong bond with the program, by allowing team-members to develop leading problem-solving skills and creative design thinking in the marine industry.
We intend to keep taking the robotic sailing to the next level…. every year.
Development of the UBC Sailbot Team -> We call it “The Book”. This is an amazing resource detailing the whole development of our 2010-2011 season