Hi all - newbie to Ardupilot - but 50+ years as a sailor in all kinds of off shore racing yachts, and most recently builder of IOM racing RC yachts.
This marks one of my first attempts to reach into the “techy” community looking for a method to establish sailing courses using drone type technology -i.e. “Buoybots”. ive seen some work that Randy Mackay has published, and in collaboration with a good friend of mine we are putting together a copy of bogie board based solution, as proof of concept. Where we are headed, and where we need help, is that we would like the ability, from a map displayed on a device of some kind, to launch six buoybots which then position themselves in loiter mode on a rectangular course for say 4 to 6 hours at a time, and come home after a days racing to change batteries. No more old blokes geting in/out of dingies on launch / retrieve missions … and of course if the breeze changes angle during the course of the day, we want the ability from the screen, to re-align the position of the six buoys relative to the new breeze angle.
Where to start ?!