The International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR) “SailBot” 2017 will be held at the United States Naval Academy from 11-16 June! Building on previous events’ success, the plan is to have similar challenges with tweaks to improve them. New for this year will be seminars providing information useful to those interested in robotic sailboats and an event where a team can choose from three challenges of varying technological difficulty to score points. It will be fun, educational and challenging! 

The event will be held at the Robert Crown Sailing Center, host to the SailBot regattas in 2008, 2009 and 2011. The weather in Annapolis in mid-June is generally warm, with temperatures between 15-30C. Winds can be 0-30 knots (although we won’t hold an event if the wind is over 15 knots) and we may have rain! In other words, expect pretty much anything.


The tentative schedule and events are below. Note that you can click on an event that will link to a description. During the month of October we are looking for feedback. Effective November 1st they will be set! The challenge events are designed to span the range from easy to difficult. The fleet race requires remote control while the Search event will likely need machine vision. Many of the  events can be done in remote control by taking a points penalty. With the exception of the Fleet Race(s), a boat/team only competes against its own potential. Each event requires different design characteristics of the boat and systems so a team can build on their progress from year to year.

Sunday 11 June 2017

0900-1700               Practice and Setup

1800                         Welcoming BBQ

Monday 12 June 2017

0900-1200               Registration and Seminars (COLREGS, Nav Arch, Systems)

1300-1700               Fleet Race(s)

Tuesday 13 June 2017

0900-1700               Station Keeping and Navigation Challenges

Wednesday 14 June 2017

0900-1700               Choice of challenges where your best of your three scores counts: A) Payload , B) Collision Avoidance, C) Search.

Thursday 15 June 2017

0900-1700               Endurance/Long Distance Challenge

Friday 16 June 2017

0800-1200               On The Water Events (if needed)

1400-1700               Team Presentations

1830                          Awards dinner in town

In 2017 there will be two vessel classes:

  • SailBot Class (boats less than 2 meters overall length that do not exceed the maximum dimensions of the SailBot Class Rules). At least 50% of the team must be secondary or undergraduate students.
  • Open Class (maximum 4 meters in overall length, but note that there is no hoist or launch ramp at USNA, so the boats must be carried to the water or towed from a launch ramp about a mile away.)

Prizes, including the SailBot Class Perpetual Trophy, will be awarded to the top boat in each class, plus there will be a prize for the top MaxiMOOP! (For more information on the MaxiMOOP design, go here!)

Any questions, concerns or suggestions should be forwarded to sailbotcompetition@gmail.com.

More information about last year’s event can be found here.

Sailbot 2016 Event Outline Notice of Competition & Sailing Challenges

Class rules can be found here. Class rules and event details are currently tentative, and subject to change.