Marine Institute

Atlantic Mini-boat Regatta

 Atlantic Mini-boat Regatta: ‘Around the Atlantic – Our Shared Resource’

The transatlantic funded programme AORA-CSA formed a partnership in 2016 with Dick Baldwin's Educational Passages [http://educationalpassages.com/about/] mini-sailboats in the USA, and together are running an Atlantic Mini-boat Regatta: 'Around the Atlantic – Our Shared Resource'.

Educational Passages is a USA led project that spreads ocean and environmental literacy using GPS-equipped mini-sail boats that follow ocean currents and winds, allowing students of all ages to explore oceanic phenomena while we develop transoceanic classrooms.

The Lancer Boat

The miniature unmanned one and a half metre Lancer boat was originally found washed ashore in Galway after a transatlantic crossing by Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Droim, Leitir Móir in 2016.

The Lancer was re-launched at position 52˚16.1'N, 033˚11.4'W at 1015 UTC from the Marine Institute's research vessel RV Celtic Explorer on the 22nd April 2017.

Check out the GPS tracker to see where the Lancer boat travelled across the Atlantic Ocean:
LANCER GPS: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_whs_2016_1.html

Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Galway, Ireland met with Kaitlyn Dow from Connecticut, USA at the Marine Institute for the first time after Méabh had found Kaitlyn's 1.5 metre unmanned Lancer sailing boat washed up on her local beach.

Film footage of the Lancer being deployed off the RV Celtic Explorer provided by Louise Manifold.