The Microtransat Challenge

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The Microtransat Challenge is a competition to design and build an autonomous sailboat under 4 meters in length, which is capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean without human interaction.

The challenge was originally conceived in 2005 by Mark Neal of Aberystwyth University and Yves Briere of ISAE. The first attempt was made on September 11, 2010, by Pinta from Aberystwyth University.

The challenge requires entries to use one of two predefined sets of end points. The first is to sail between a start line off the coast of Great Britain and a finish between the Bahamas and Florida, whilst the second is from a start line off the east coast of North America and a finish line on the west coast of Ireland.

The competition rules specify that boats should report their position to competition organisers at least once every six hours.


  • experiences of a 2012 Transatlantic Race contestant[1]


  • main page for the 2013 challenge[2]

Current competing teams[edit]

  • – competing team for the 2013 Transatlantic Race[3]
  • Norwegian College team for the 2013 Transatlantic Race[4]
  • Åland University of Applied Sciences[6]
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia[7]


  1. ^ "GPS Guided Trans-Atlantic Robot Boat". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ "The Microtransat Challenge". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ Silvester, Team-Joker - John. "Team Joker - Atlantic Home Page". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Autonomus". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "QMAST". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Åland Sailing Robots". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Microtransat". Retrieved 8 December 2016.

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