At the end of the 2014 season, the team decided to shift the focus away from the MicroTransat challenge and refocus on the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (sailboat.org). The team decided to undertake a new challenge of building a twin-hull (catamaran) boat to compete in the IRSR.
Throughout the 2014/2015 season, the boat later named Gaelforce2 was designed and constructed. The design proved challenging, as none of the team members had much experience with designing catamarans, and many software and electrical difficulties arose. The team persevered, and with the hard work of students over the Summer 2015, Gaelforce2 placed second at IRSR 2015 in St. John’s.
First launched in June 2012 Gaelforce XL is a 4m on going project which will attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean as part of MicroTransat challenge. The hull has been built for stability and strength, and the single sailed swing rig is very stable. The Atlantic Ocean crossing will require solar panels and a wind turbine to charge the on-board batteries.
To keep in communication with the boat, we will have a satellite uplink to the internet to provide us with images and its current location.
Built during the 2010/2011 school year to compete in the Sailbot compeition. The Gaelforce II is a 2 meter long monohull design made from carbon and kevlar fibre reenforced plastic. It competed in the 2011 Sailbot competition and came in 6th place. We will be planning to use it in the upcoming competition this year and will continue making improvements.
Originally a donation to the team from the Kingston Remote Controlled Sailing Club, the boat was modified for Autonomous control. It is currently used as a platform for newer members to learn the same software/hardware skills used on our other boats.