4m Launched

 

RC Testing, August 2012
RC Testing, August 2012

Time to break out the bubbly! Our 4m boat was out on her maiden voyage August 18, 2012.

Currently unnamed, she is our first candidate for the MicroTransat Challenge, and will be our main focus for the upcoming 2012/2013 school year. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and support that has got us this far.

Check out the video of this milestone on our YouTube channel: 4m Testing Aug 18 2012

We will be testing throughout the fall so make sure you check back for more videos and updates on our progress!

Summer 2012 Outlook

The current semester is now coming to a close and just about all of the team members are currently working hard studying for exams. We have made some significant progress over  this last year!

We have focused on planning for the future, and have decided to focus on finishing our 4 meter trans-Atlantic boat, in addition to developing our true AI yacht, and competing in future SailBot and WRSC events.

Over the next few weeks, our team is working to make the 4 meter boat seaworthy. We’ve made some excellent progress in the last few days: our prototype sail and rig are in, and fit. We are in the midst of installing the power system, which controls the huge winch and rudder servo.

We are always looking for new members to join our team! If you’re interested, we’ll be working though the summer, and would love your input!

Late breaking sponsor news: thanks very much to Telus Mobile, for signing to our 4m project, and providing us will all of our cell communication! Without industrial support, projects like QMAST can’t happen.

New Website

We have updated the website! We are still in the process of transferring all of the information from the old site, so a few important pages are still missing.

New pictures have been added to the photo gallery so you can check out what what it was like at Sailbot 2011!

Preparing for the New Year

It has been a long and busy year preparing for sailBot. GaelForce 2 competed in SailBot 2011 in early June 2011, in Anapolis Maryland. Facing stiff competition the team placed 6th overall.

With the school year quickly approaching, focus is on tweaking and testing GealForce 2, as well as preparing for the influx of new members in the fall.As well as designing new boat for 2012.

Sailbot 2010, Recruiting

MAST competed with GaelForce in early June in SailBot 2010, in Kingston Ontario. Despite many setbacks throughout the week, we finished 3rd overall, and tied for 2nd place in the long distance race.

With the start of the school year, MAST is doing heavy recruitment. Last week we spoke to over 500 students and reached out to many more through a poster campaign. After an information night on a rainy Thursday, we taught new members the basics of sailing with a trip to the lake on Saturday. Despite high winds, everyone had a great time trying out the radio-controlled boat. Special thanks to John and the RC sailors for their advice and donation of the Marblehead. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the team and couldn’t make the meetings this week.

Regular design and build meetings will commence this week and continue regularily until December; the focus initially will be on getting new members up to speed with key skills required to work on the boat, by making immediate improvements to GaelForce.

Innovation Expo, Gaelforce

Christine spoke to many people at Innovation Expo 2010, and hope they enjoyed hearing about the boat and team as much as she enjoyed sharing.

The Photos page has some new pictures up from construction this year, which is moving along nicely.

The boat has been named, by popular vote, to be GaelForce.