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Olin Robotic Sailing: Enterprise Build

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Project ended on March 12, at 11:59 PM EST
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Olin Robotic Sailing: Enterprise Build

Olin's Robotic Sailing Team

Olin Robotic Sailing is a 25 person student-run undergraduate team at Olin College of Engineering, researching and experimenting in the world of robotic sailboats. Our team of mechanical, electrical, software, and robotics engineers work across disciplines to design and build autonomous sailboats. Solving the problem of self-sailing means facing an extremely unpredictable and harsh environment: the open ocean.

This year, we are working to build a four-meter sailboat named Enterprise. Our goal is to make Enterprise mechanically robust and sea-worthy with a brain of its own, capable of autonomously traveling between Gloucester and Provincetown, MA. To reach this goal this fall 2016, we plan to compete with Enterprise in Sailbot, the International Sailing Regatta for autonomous vessels in June 2016.  We need your help to make this goal a reality!

The Robotic Sailing Competition History

Sailbot was first held in 2006 in Kinston, Ontario. College teams from across Canada and the United States compete with autonomous or semi-autonomous sailboats to complete certain on-the-water tasks. In 2011 Olin's Robotic Sailing Team competed with a 2-meter boat, Blackbody Radiation, and won second place. The next year Olin College hosted the 2012 Sailbot Regatta competition in Gloucester, MA. This year, we plan to enter a new class size of autonomous boat with Enterprise.

Why Robotic Sailing is important!

Robotic sailing is an emerging field with a wealth of real-world applications. Sailing itself is an extremely environmentally friendly mode of travel, utilizing only the wind as a power source. In the future, autonomous sailboats can quickly and inexpensively conduct vital ocean research and even keep our oceans clean. With this long-term vision in mind, our long-term goal is to build an autonomous robotic sailboat that will cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Why we need you

We want to cross the ocean but our first step starts with you. In order to build Enterprise, test it, and take it to the competition this June, our team needs to raise $8,000. About half of that goes to transporting our boat and excited team members to Kingston, Ontario. The other $4,000, we use to buy parts and materials so Enterprise can be ocean-worthy and smart. Here's how some of that breaks down:

  • Materials to manufacture a keel - $500
  • Carbon fiber for manufacturing beautiful and robust boats - $1,000
  • Gears and linkages for actuation (control of sails and rudder) - $50
  • Spars, cloth, and rigging for the sail system - $1,200
  • Sensors, cables, connectors, and other electrical components - $300

By supporting our Robotic Sailing team, you are investing in a future where vital ocean research is environmentally and economically sustainable. You are helping us work towards cleaner oceans and a cleaner Earth.

Please give today by clicking "DONATE NOW" or choosing an amount that works for you. Join us in building a smarter boat for a greener tomorrow!

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To learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how you can help, visit our website at


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