UBC SailBot – autonomous sailboat team
who we are
Every year more than 60 students from the University of British Columbia come together to design and build a fully autonomous sailboat, a Sailbot.
Our motivation is neither class credit nor financial gain; we are simply passionate about complex programming, advanced electronics and sailing.
what we do
After consecutively winning the International Robotic Sailing Regatta for three years, we developed an ocean-going sailboat named “Ada” in honour of the computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, which launched in Summer 2016 and set records for the farthest known autonomous sailboat voyage in the harsh North Atlantic.
We are now building on what we learned from Ada to design & construct a more advanced ocean-going sailboat, “Ada 2.0”, to be the first robotic participant in the Vic-Maui Yacht Race.
why we do this
UBC SailBot gives students the opportunity to hone several skill sets. Conceptualizing, networking, and hands-on engineering are all natural aspects of the “SailBot” experience. Our greatest achievements are a result of honing each member’s unique skills, and maximizing their potential. Identifying problems, learning industry techniques and emphasizing the importance of manufacturing limitations are just some of the real-world practices that bridge classroom work to actual professional practice.
how you can help
More than anything else, developing a state of the art robotic sailing craft takes dedication from the entire team. It also requires advanced materials, high-tech microcontrollers, accurate sensors and powerful communication equipment. In keeping with our team ethos of accepting only the very best, the UBC SailBot team uses only the very best materials and components. These items are expensive, and this why the support of our sponsors is so critical to the success of our team.
Sponsors have a direct, positive influence on the success of our project and the development of our students. They will be recognised as engaged and supportive corporations, and will have a direct line of communication to the best students at UBC for hiring purposes.
The support of a student project builds relationships and mentor opportunities, and ensures a strong future for those who have had this incredible opportunity. By building a legacy of collaborators and sponsors, the focus of our students can be fully applied to innovative design and high level craftsmanship.
If you would like further information regarding the UBC SailBot team, or would like to show your support for the team, please connect with us. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, see our Sponsorship Package by clicking here. To donate to the team (and receive a tax receipt), follow the Donate Now link below.