Your advice about a crazy idea.
I'm sending this email, as owing to a mistake on my part, I was planning to come to the London Area
meeting on Saturday to seek advice about a project I’d like to investigate. As it’s on Sunday
and I have a prior commitment I won’t be able to come along.
I’m contemplating making an entry in the Microtransat, autonomous division/ sailing vessel class.
I first came across your society after being given a set of books by a former member of my Yacht Club.
The subject of the book is self-steering and I couldn’t help but investigate it’s origin as it is a most unusual book.
I particularly like this kind of work as I’m a Yachtmaster and interested in technology.
My purpose in approaching your society is to seek your opinion as to whether you consider the idea
of building a vessel (max length 4m) propelled by wind power only and to send it on a mission to traverse the Atlantic
completely autonomously is feasible.
The response I am hoping to get is along the lines of
a) You’re completely mad
b) That’s a most intriguing idea, let’s talk!
I anticipate that it will require the following:
Steering and Rig control,
Power generation and management,
Navigation, Communications and Collision avoidance systems (my area of interest as I’m an IT consultant)
There isn’t much I can think of that can be obtained off-the-shelf so it calls for some
innovative thinking from people who like a challenge and can come up with novel solutions.
There are a number of reasons why I am contemplating this project.
1) My granny taught me that ‘nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it’
2) No-one has succeeded so far, and quite a few have tried.
3) I want to do this before the French do!
oh yes, and my wife says I should follow my dream!
I hope that you might pass this email onto members of your society who may be interested
or at least willing to offer their feedback on this subject.
PS I work in Southwark but live in Bracknell.