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World Robotic Sailing Championship 2011 - 4th International Robotic Sailing Conference

posted Jan 24, 2011, 10:08 AM by Cesar Harada   [ updated Jan 24, 2011, 10:12 AM ]
Via Colin Sauze

Welcome to the homepage of the World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC 2011). Started as a spin-off from the MicroTransat challenge, WRSC promotes the development of robotic sailboats. A series of competitions will test the boats' performance ranging from speed to navigation and endurance.

The accompanying International Robotic Sailing Conference provides an ideal venue to discuss the broad range of scientific problems involved in the desgin and development of autonomous sailboats.

August 16th - August 20th, Lübeck, Germany

While sailing tends to be rather expensive, we would like to involve as many teams as possible, particularly from universities. Over the past two years we have built a number of small boats based on the popular racing Micro Magic, which we hope to introduce as an one design class for WRSC. We would like to encourage other teams to start robotic sailing and have summarized our design and components we are using. It still won't be cheap, but with about 1000 EUR and some soldering skills you could get a fully functional boat ...


  • April 1st, 2011: submission of two page extended abstracts
  • April 29th, 2011: notification of acceptance
  • June 17th, 2011: submission of final papers (up to eight pages)
  • July 1st, 2011: registration for conference

Notice of Race

The focus of the races will be on testing control algorithms and boat performance. As the Baltic sea can be rough sometimes, we will stay in sheltered waters for the competition. Further details on the classes and the races will be provided soon.


All teams intending to participate must register by July 1st, 2011!


We plan to have three classes: the open class with boats of up to 4 m as defined by the MicroTransat rules, the Sailbot class with boats of up to 2 m as defined by the Sailbot rules, and a One Design MicroMagic class with rules as set forth below.

All boats must be controllable by a designated human helmsman throughout all races. The resposibility for avoiding any collision and damage will rest solely with the respective teams. Similarly, all teams will be resposible for their own safety during the event. The organizers will not assume any liability with respect to damages resulting from a team participating in the WRSC.

Microtransat class rules

The official MicroTransat rules require boats to be at most 4 m long and fully autonomous, with wind being the only means of propulsion.Additionally, in order to sail everywhere in the race area boats shall have a draft of less than 1 m. The maximum draft shall be 1.5 m, with teams being responsible to check for shallow areas before racing. To compare results amoung the different boats, a handicap factor based on the length of waterline (LWL) will be computed as 1 / SQRT(LWL).