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Ireland To Host Robotic Sailing Championships

samzenpus posted about 1 month ago | from the scrub-the-robot-deck dept.

Robotics 14

First time accepted submitter dertynan writes The WRSC people are out to make sailors redundant. The World Robotic Sailing Championships (and International Conference) is in Galway, Ireland next week. Around eleven teams are participating in this autonomous sailing event, across a number of courses, over four days.

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tits (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823079)

Are so nice

Re:tits (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823139)

Doesn't it just get you goat that you're accidentally on topic? Sailors love tits.

"Aaaarrrrr" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823251)

.... as read by our robotic sailor overlord.

A Little Perspective (1)

d'baba (1134261) | about 1 month ago | (#47823387)

"The boats, up to 2.5 metres in length,..."

Re:A Little Perspective (3, Interesting)

mrvan (973822) | about 1 month ago | (#47823829)

This doesn't matter that much. Larger yachts sail more or less the same as smaller yachts; the main effect is that all forces are multiplied. For humans this makes a lot of difference: needing winches instead of pulling ropes by hand, being hit by the boom during a jibe changes from unpleasant to lethal, the ability to push off against the wall is greatly diminished, etc. For automatic sailing, however, the main effect will probably be cost rather than difficulty, as none of those factors are really important until material strenght becomes a problem. Smaller boats can even be more difficult to handle since the intertia is smaller compared to the wind forces (mass is cube of size, wind area square), making a smaller boat less stable.

Re:A Little Perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47824449)

After extensible sailing I can tell that the handling of small and big ships is pretty different, even the differences from one ship to another of the same size can vary a lot, and the forces on the ships don't are exactly multiplied as some are dismissed. Depending on the roughness of the sea it's handling can be very different,for example in rough sea a small ship is affected a lot more by the forces than a big ship, but the sails of big ship are more fragile due to the extreme wind forces that they are exposed.

Re:A Little Perspective (1)

opentunings (851734) | about 1 month ago | (#47827429)

The Warsash Maritime Academy uses (or at least used to use) miniature ships to train captains how to maneuver oil tankers.

Great Irish innovation (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | about 1 month ago | (#47823443)

... so that they can enjoy a Guinness while the boats sail themselves

Re:Great Irish innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823501)

more like enjoy a Galway Hooker []

Re:Great Irish innovation (1)

bazmail (764941) | about 1 month ago | (#47823517)

Its actually quite a nice drink. Theres nothing like a pint of it in Salthill on a sunny day.

Named after a local traditional style of sailing vessel, not a reference to the US slang term for a prostitute. Obviously.

Re:Great Irish innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823963)

Of the new breed of micro brewery offerings, Tom Crean's is the best:
It's not overloaded with hops like most micro brews. [] Galway Bay isn't too bad though. O'Hara's offer a nice stout.

Re:Great Irish innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47823945)

... so that they can enjoy a Guinness while the boats fail themselves.


Jim Clark's yacht (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47824655)

Jim Clark (founded Netscape, Silicon Graphics) had a huge yacht (over 100 feet) that was supposedly autonomous sailing, but I can't find much in the way of details, other than nice photos of luxury appointments, and Jim standing with his new supermodel wife.

a slightly simpler option (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 1 month ago | (#47828235)

Much as I'd like to build up a self-navigating boat, that's above my skill level. But let me put in a plug here for Tippecanoe Boats [] . Will's kits are pretty easy to build, quite customizable, and a blast to sail.

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