The Jamestown Drifter was handed off to the crew of the R/V Henry Bigelow, a NOAA vessel heading out for bottom trawl surveys later this week. They were planning to take the miniboat out and hopefully launch her near the Gulf Stream at some point during their cruise, but the EP crew noticed some issues with GPS transmissions and are going to bring the boat back to the shop to see what’s going on. The Bigelow leaves again May 1 so we’ll be aiming for deployment then, if not sooner!
The project was highlighted in the news: “School children to leave mark on Atlantic” in the Jamestown Press (a local Rhode Island newspaper). These boats are the first boats out of Rhode Island for Educational Passages!
This boat has air and water temperature sensors. To access the data directly, click here. To see the sensor data on a map:
Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation (CISF) has a goal to spark student curiosity through hands-on learning and expose them to their local marine ecosystems. They were awarded a grant from 11th Hour Racing to run in-school programming during the 2017-18 school year with miiboats (and other projects) at Jamestown, Rhode Island public schools (elementary and middle schools).