Design a Saildrone Wing & Win a Trip to Saildrone HQ!

The Saildrone Wing Design Contest is open everyone with additional prizes for Hong Kong residents. Generously sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

February 20, 2019

Design new graphics for a Saildrone wing, and you could win a trip to visit Saildrone HQ in Alameda, CA! One winner will be chosen in each category: Junior, ages 12 and under, and Open, ages 13 and older.

Download the wing template from saildrone.com/antarctica and let your creativity flow!

A saildrone is a 7 m (23 ft) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed to carry a suite of science sensors to collect data in the harshest ocean conditions. They are powered by a 4.5 m (15 ft) solid wing, similar to an airplane wing, and a solar panel to provide energy for the sensors and navigational instruments.

The saildrone wing is typically a solid bright orange. We encourage you to rethink the look of the wing.

Take inspiration from your home or school, the ocean environment, your favorite marine species, or elsewhere to create a colorful and fun design.

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Saildrone wing design contest Extreme Sailing Series
Let your creativity soar! Be inspired by these International 14 skiffs, Hobie Cats, and Extreme Sailing Series catamarans. Photos, from top to bottom: Jenn Virskus, Zoran Karapancev/Shutterstock, Landrover MENA/Flickr.

The Saildrone Wing Design Contest is part of the 2019 Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation, a 270-day autonomous circumnavigation of one the most treacherous ocean environment in the world. Scientists from leading research organizations across the globe will use data collected during the mission to study a wide range of topics, from carbon uptake to marine mammal behavior. Generously supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the mission uses cutting-edge Saildrone technology to bring the remote region of Antarctica to world classrooms.

How to enter

To download the wing design template, head to saildrone.com/antarctica and click the Student Contests tab.

Designs can be completed by hand or with a computer. Global entries are welcome and encouraged—the best designs will be featured on the Saildrone website, Facebook, and Instagram—but the prize eligibility is limited to Hong Kong residents.

Entries for the Saildrone Wing Design Contest are now being accepted. But don’t wait too long—the deadline to enter is May 5, 2019.

Is video more your thing? Submissions for the “How Antarctica Affects Me” video contest will open March 11! Find more information about both contests at saildrone.com/antarctica.

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