Today saw the start of the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge organised since 2014 by the Yacht Club de Monaco, supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Hydros Foundation and International Powerboating Federation (UIM).

 

 

This unique event for solar boats continues to be developed, opening its doors for this 5th edition to all clean energy sources. This year there are 29 teams from Poland, Belgium, Indonesia, Portugal, Monaco, France, Italy, England, Hungary and the Netherlands, including Gerhard van der Schaar.  The pilot for the Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team has returned to Monaco to defend a title he has held since the first meeting in 2014.

 

All the teams were officially presented at the opening ceremony, attended by YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State, H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Marine Grisoul and Franck Lobono from the National Council, and engineer Marco Casiraghi, the man behind the project.

 

 

New challenges in the spotlight

 

Absorbed by last minute adjustments, competitors had a chance to experiment all day Thursday with their prototypes on the sea. A succession of teams launched their craft to test out waters that will be their playground over the next two days.

 

There are three classes this year: Solar Class, the Offshore Class and for the first time the Energy Class, a category that has thrown down the gauntlet. Be they engineering students or in industry all were given a one-design identical catamaran hull by the YCM and have had to build a cockpit and design the most powerful and durable propulsion system from a given amount of energy. Be it Bio Fuel, battery, hydrogen, compressed air, LNG or anything else, the choice was wide as long it was a clean source.

 

As the start of racing approaches, excitement is mounting for entrants like Nicolas Milanesio, the only Monegasque pilot competing aboard Monaco – Saint Tropez in the Energy Class: “It’s great to be on a different boat, as last year I was on a V20. I am delighted to represent the Club and can’t wait to see how our vessel performs.” Nicolas will be on the start for the 16nm Monaco-Ventimiglia-Monaco Endurance Course, his sights set on establishing a reference time.

 

 

Open Source for a common goal

 

There are 200 participants here and all are invited to discuss their knowledge and projects on Open Source at the end of each day. Solarboot Team Emden was the first team to present their project, a solar-powered boat that will be used on Lake Buyonyi in Uganda to take children to and from school. A fantastic initiative that must have inspired the competition, as Tecnico Solar Boat, Solar Boat Twente, Skipper Solar Team, Engineers of Innovation, BME Solar Boat Team, Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team, Han Solar Boat and TU Delft followed suit Thursday evening in front of an attentive audience.

 

Tomorrow, Friday, the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge continues at 10.00am with the start of the Endurance Race for the Energy Class, then the Solar Class. A rendezvous not to be missed!

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO >>

 

 

Today saw the start of the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge organised since 2014 by the Yacht Club de Monaco, supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Hydros Foundation and International Powerboating Federation (UIM).

 

 

This unique event for solar boats continues to be developed, opening its doors for this 5th edition to all clean energy sources. This year there are 29 teams from Poland, Belgium, Indonesia, Portugal, Monaco, France, Italy, England, Hungary and the Netherlands, including Gerhard van der Schaar.  The pilot for the Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team has returned to Monaco to defend a title he has held since the first meeting in 2014.

 

All the teams were officially presented at the opening ceremony, attended by YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State, H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Marine Grisoul and Franck Lobono from the National Council, and engineer Marco Casiraghi, the man behind the project.

 

 

New challenges in the spotlight

 

Absorbed by last minute adjustments, competitors had a chance to experiment all day Thursday with their prototypes on the sea. A succession of teams launched their craft to test out waters that will be their playground over the next two days.

 

There are three classes this year: Solar Class, the Offshore Class and for the first time the Energy Class, a category that has thrown down the gauntlet. Be they engineering students or in industry all were given a one-design identical catamaran hull by the YCM and have had to build a cockpit and design the most powerful and durable propulsion system from a given amount of energy. Be it Bio Fuel, battery, hydrogen, compressed air, LNG or anything else, the choice was wide as long it was a clean source.

 

As the start of racing approaches, excitement is mounting for entrants like Nicolas Milanesio, the only Monegasque pilot competing aboard Monaco – Saint Tropez in the Energy Class: “It’s great to be on a different boat, as last year I was on a V20. I am delighted to represent the Club and can’t wait to see how our vessel performs.” Nicolas will be on the start for the 16nm Monaco-Ventimiglia-Monaco Endurance Course, his sights set on establishing a reference time.

 

 

Open Source for a common goal

 

There are 200 participants here and all are invited to discuss their knowledge and projects on Open Source at the end of each day. Solarboot Team Emden was the first team to present their project, a solar-powered boat that will be used on Lake Buyonyi in Uganda to take children to and from school. A fantastic initiative that must have inspired the competition, as Tecnico Solar Boat, Solar Boat Twente, Skipper Solar Team, Engineers of Innovation, BME Solar Boat Team, Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team, Han Solar Boat and TU Delft followed suit Thursday evening in front of an attentive audience.

 

Tomorrow, Friday, the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge continues at 10.00am with the start of the Endurance Race for the Energy Class, then the Solar Class. A rendezvous not to be missed!

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO >>