ardupilot sailboat sails around saildrone

I took my sailboat out to Alameda to check out the big Saildrone Surveyor.

Full video is here.

Details on the boat here


This is very cool and just amazing to watch it navigate, tacking/jibing as needed. Excellent job!

One comment that you mentioned: As a former sailboat racer, can confirm that the boat will do much better overall if the sail is relaxed once a certain heel angle is reached. Past a certain angle while trying to hold a straight line, rudder drag increases dramatically and looses effectiveness. The downside on a small hull like this in these conditions is the sheet system is going to get quite a workout! Regardless, nice build and video! Thanks for posting!

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