We pushed pretty hard but Richard Jenkins would not put pen to paper until Saildrone SD2020 was safely back in the same New Zealand port she left 196 days and a successful lap of Antarctica earlier. A few days later another Saildrone, SD1021, arrived in Lymington after a trouble-free crossing from Bermuda. Satellites and weather buoys are so last year
In 1522 a ship called Victoria, one of three ships from Magellan’s famous voyage, became the first manned object to circumnavigate the globe. In 2012, approaching 500 years since that historic accomplishment, I wondered if it was now possible to navigate an unmanned object, a robot, around the planet? It was this thought that led me to design and make the first Saildrone, an unmanned, wind-powered surface vehicle capable of very long-duration missions.
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