WRSC (World Robotic Sailing Championship) is an autonomous sailboat competition that aims at stimulating the development of autonomous marine robotics. It is a spinoff competition from the Microtransat challenge, a trans Atlantic race for autonomous sailing robots.
The WRSC is intended to promote the development of autonomous wind propelled sailing robots, through a series of short distance races, navigation and autonomy challenges. Many teams who take part in the Microtransat (or who plan to) also attend the WRSC.
The accompanying IRSC (International Robotic Sailing Conference) provides researchers working on problems related to autonomous sailing the chance to exchange ideas during a scientific conference.
The first World Robotic Sailing Championships (WRSC) was organised by INNOC (The Austrian Association for Innovative Computer Science) and took place in Austria in 2008; it has taken place annually in different country every year since.
From 20–25 May 2008 in Breitenbrunn/Neusiedlersee, Österreich.
The 2009 WRSC/IRSC event was held in the city of Matosinhos, north of Portugal, from July 6 to July 12, 2009 and organized by the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (School of Engineering of the University of Porto), in cooperation with the Clube Naval de Leça (a local sailing club).
From 7 to 10 June 2010 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The World Robotic Sailing Championship from 16–20 August 2011 was held in Lübeck, Germany from
This edition was held at the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club in Cardiff, Wales, UK from 17 to 21 September 2012. The competition was organised by Aberystwyth University with assistance from Cardiff University.
This edition of the WRSC/IRSC event was held from 2 to 6 September in the city of Brest, in north west of France, and organised by the National Institute of Advanced Technologies of Brittany, in cooperation with the French Naval Academy and Ifremer.
The seventh edition of the WRSC/IRSC event was held from 8 to 12 September in the city of Galway in the west of Ireland, and organized by the National University of Ireland, Galway in cooperation with Hewlett Packard.
The eighth edition of the WRSC/IRSC event was held from 31 August until 4 September in the city of Mariehamn on Åland Island, and organized by the Åland University of Applied Sciences.
The ninth edition of the WRSC/IRSC event was held from 5 to 10 September in Viana do Castelo in the north of Portugal, and organized by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.