The first goal in our series of long-term goals is to sail from the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY to the northern end in Cayuga, NY. Cayuga Lake is just under 40 miles long, and we would be able to test our navigation algorithm on a larger scale. This is the goal that our team is currently working towards.
Each year in June, our team competes in the Sailboat International Robotic Sailing Regatta. This year, the 13th International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR) Sailboat 2019 will be from June 3-7, 2019 on Lake Quinsigamond in Massachusetts. Events at competition range from simple to difficult so teams are able to compete, score points, and improve upon their designs each year. All events are designed to test all mechanical, electrical, and algorithmic components of the sailboat.
The sailboat stars at the start/finish line and sails around 2 buoys before returning to the start/finish line. This event is sailed via remote control. The goal of this event is to demonstrate an ability to operate the boat via remote control, as well as to judge the performance of the vessel. The winner of this event is the boat that finishes first.
Endurance/Long Distance Event
The sailboat sails autonomously around 4 buoys continuously for up to 7 hours. The goal of this event is to demonstrate the boat's endurance and capability of sailing long distances.
The sailboat autonomously sails into a 40 m by 40 m box marked by buoys and must stay inside the box for 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes are done, it must then exit the box within 30 seconds. The goal of this event is to demonstrate the boat's ability to stay close to one position and respond to commands based on time.
The sailboat starts at a 3 meter wide start/finish line between 2 buoys and autonomously sails a set course around buoys and then returns to cross the start/finish line. The goal of this event is to demonstrate the boat's ability to autonomously navigate a course when given the set contstraints.
The sailboat starts outside of a search area somewhere on the lake. An orange buoy is placed in a search area somewhere within 100 m of a reference position. The boat must autonomously find the buoy, sail to it in the search area, touch the buoy and then signal that is has done so within minutes of entering the search area. The goal of this event is to demonstrate the boat's ability to autonomously find an object.