On November4th, 2013, Saildrone 1 arrived in Kaneohe, Hawaii, 34 days after leaving San Francisco. This amazing accomplishment sets a new world record for a autonomous sailboats as well as being the first unmanned and autonomous vessel to cross an ocean using wind power
After a quick inspection to make sure everything was in good order, we re-deployed SD1, heading for the south pacific and more extended duration trials. The vehicle was in perfect condition, with no signs of growth on the hull, or any wear to the mechanical or electrical systems.
We would like to thank everyone at the Kaneohe yacht club for making us so welcome, especially Susan, Mike and Darrell, who gave up a lot of time and the use of their boat to help us retrieve and deploy the Saildrone. We could not have done it without you, Thank you!