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The Dronautic Revolution 1968 - 2018

D 24 May 2014     H 05:45     A Dronautic Organisation     C 0 messages

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The first non-stop and unmanned round the world yacht race will be launched in 2018. Different 6 meters long nautical drones, the Dronautic’6, designed and managed by students, engineers or experimented sailors will compete together to be back to the starting port after rounding the Antarctic. Will you be between them?

The racing program is opened to deferent teams, which can be managed by universities, sailing teams, big companies or an association of them. Their solar, sailing or solar and sailing drones have to complete the rules of the Dronautic’6: 6 meters long, 6 meters wide (maximum). They have to be able to evaluate on the oceans surface in a complete energetic autonomy without embarking fossil or nuclear energy.

Drones are everywhere in the space and in the airs. But what about the seas?

First projects a trying to develop drone offshore navigation on the oceans. Pioneers come from the USA with the SailDrone and the Scout. One has chosen the wind energy when the other has chosen the solar one… Which one has the best solution to be able to make a complete round the world navigation?

• November 2013 : SailDrone joins Hawaii from San Francisco

The American SailDrone can be considered as the pioneer of autonomous offshore sailing. This 19’ trimaran has been able to sail from San Francisco to Hawaii in 2013. After this success, its team has decided to try the first round the world navigation.
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• January 2014 : Scout tried to cross the Alantic

This solar drone has been launched in august 2013 after 3 years of research from a student team based in the East coast of USA. The Scout is a 12’ long monohull using solar energy to navigate. Early in 2014, it tried a North Atlantic crossing but, after 4 months, it was look to have lost its way. The Scout was already able to navigate 1300 nautical milles in 175 days.
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Other teams have work on similar project to launch solar or sailing drones.

If those team were competing together?

Better than letting engineers and students searching alone do develop new navigating drones, Dronautic presents a new class, the DROANAUTIC’6, and a program of competition ending with the ultimate challenge, a round the world navigation, The Dronautic Revolution!

Remember: On June 1968 14th, Robin Knox-Johnston set sails from England at the helm of his 32’ ketch Suhaili. He was one of the nine men taking part in the Golden Globe. 313 days, 1 hour and 5 minutes later, he was the only one to came back after a single-handed revolution around the world.

In June 2018, 50 years after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston start around the world, the starting line of The Dronautic Revolution will be opened. Unmanned, sailing or solar boats (respecting the rules of the Dronautic’6) will try to come back home after rounding the Antarctic, if possible, in 312 days or less.

About The Dronautic Revolution 2018

Starting date: Thursday June 14th 2018
Port of call: open to candidature
Course: Staring port – around the Antarctic by rounding the 3 caps (Aguilas -Good Hope-, Tasmania, Horn) – back to the starting port
Timing: 312 days (based on Suhaili non-stop navigation)
Class: Dronautic’6

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Dronautic in the international press

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DRONAUTIC’6 Class rule V1.0

The object of Dronautic is to organize competitions and events where it is possible to evaluate and compare different projects from different teams all around the world. In that way is defined the rule box for the Dronautic Teams, the Dronautic’6.

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Pro-Am Yacht Design contest

In September 2014 will be presented the DRONAUTIC’6 rule-box. This rule will define a 6 meters long and 6 meters wide (maximum) Dronautic.

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History : in the line-up of the legendary round the world navigations

In 1968, three men had the idea to set sail around the world, alone. By learning their project, the Sunday Times launched the Golden Globe, a trophy for the first one to come back in England, and a price money of 5000£ for the best performance, non-stop, around the world. From 1968 June 1st to October 31st, nine sailors took the start of the first ever-sailing race around the world. Only one came back. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston did is in more than 312 days at the helm of Suhaili.

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The Dronautic schedule 2014 - 2019

The Dronautic goal is to organize a revolution, a race around the world, non-stop, unmanned, without nuclear of fossil energy and with a limited assistance.

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On June 1968 1st, the Golden Globe starting line was opened. It was the first single-handed, non-stop, round the world race.
On June 2018, The Dronautic Revolution staring line will be open for the first unmanned, non-stop, round the world race.
Which Dronautic will be the first one to finish this revolution?
Will this first Dronautic come back in less than 312 days as did Sir Robin Knox-Johnston 50 years before?

The Dronautic Revolution 2018: enter the race!
DRONAUTIC (definition & ambitions)
HISTORY (from 1st round the world to Dronautic)
SCHEDULE 2014 - 2019


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