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MINATURE YACHT IN ATLANTIC CHALLENGE

Wednesday September 15th, 2010
Scientists at Aberystwyth University are hoping that a 3-metre robotic boat they have developed with become the first unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. The Pinta has set sail from Ireland and will make her way towards the Caribbean using on board sensors and GPS to guide her on a computer set course.
However the team behind the challenge do actually expect the micro yacht to complete the three month voyage.

Dr Mark Neal said, “I don't think Pinta will succeed because there are some horrible weather conditions out there... There are 35 to 40 knot winds and the remnants of a hurricane.” He went on to say, “We're the only team taking part this year. A team from Brest pulled out at the last minute partly because of the weather conditions... Pinta will probably capsize. It is waterproof, but it won't survive the continual flipping over... At this point it could well turn out to be the world's first robotic sailing boat shipwreck.”

The yacht has been made from a child's dinghy and 'second-hand and cheap parts'. It is powered by small solar panels but will have to rely on the wind to propel it.
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