- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A tiny, unmanned boat has crossed most of the Atlantic Ocean from Wilmington to near the coast of Ireland.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported (https://bit.ly/1PLHX9Z) that Cape Fear Community College launched the 5-foot sailboat June 16 to study ocean currents and winds.

Marine technology instructor Jacqui Degan has been using unmanned boats to study the ocean for years. Degan says most of those drifting boats didn’t last long.

A boat manufacturer service instructor at the school agreed last year to build a boat that would last longer. Students scaled down plans from a 50-foot model.

Instructor John Olsen says the 6,000-mile journey shows the students’ techniques worked.

Degan says if the boat makes landfall in Europe, there is information on the boat linking it to Cape Fear Community College.

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Information from: The StarNews, https://starnewsonline.com


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