UBC students' "Sailbot" to make Atlantic crossing attempt

The technical challenges are pretty daunting when you think about it. Good luck guys!

This summer, a team of engineering students from the University of British Columbia is hoping its 5.5-metre-long boat will sail into the history books as the first seafaring vessel to successfully traverse the Atlantic entirely solo.

”It’s been tried many times but never actually successfully,” said Kristoffer Vik Hansen, co-captain of the 66-person UBC robotic sailboat — or Sailbot — team.

”Basically we’re trying to make a big, big sailboat, make it autonomous and sail it across the Atlantic Ocean.”