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Monaco at the forefront of eco-responsible propulsion

Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge Powered by YCM

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July 2017

 

The first contests at the 4th Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with UIM (International Powerboating Federation), kicked-off on Friday morning for the 21 teams competing. This unique event in the Mediterranean is an opportunity for international engineering students to showcase the potential of electric and solar power for the yachting sector.

Teams have come from all over Europe including The Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary and Germany. “It’s becoming very international with more teams competing, reflecting a general commitment to the environment here in the Principality,” said YCM General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri.

For the first time since this meeting was launched, a YCM solar boat team led by Nicolas Milanesio is on the start: “It’s a totally new sensation when the boat takes off out of the water. You can feel the machine become extremely sensitive to driving. It’s really exciting to be involved in this experience,” enthuses the Monegasque driver.

 

 

 

 

Dutch domination

 

As they did last year, Gerhard van der Schaar’s Dutch boat Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team won the endurance fleet race in the Open Class, having notched up 50 laps. The Netherlands also won the Challenge A Class on the same course, with victory going to NHL Solarboatteam driven by Johannes van der Steen who clocked up 28 laps.

Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team also won the YCM Speed Record, with a speed of 47.906 km/h registered over one eighth of a mile (231.5m), which means Gerhard van der Schaar retains the title as the fastest race boat, having already won this contest in 2016 and 2015.

 

 

Ambitions and goals

 

The Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge meets a major objective as being a competition where it is the quality of the boats associated with talented drivers that make the difference. “Sport is a perfect platform to showcase innovation. Our young people are the best ambassadors. Who better than engineering students to bring a breath of fresh air to technological advances,” comments Marco Casiraghi, an engineer himself, and the man behind the project.

Yet the event is also a showcase promoting eco-responsible propulsion to a wider public who flock to watch the teams in action from the quays and harbour walls. The timing is ideal as these energy sources represent the future.

 

 

Reflections on yachting of tomorrow

In addition to the contests on the water, the UIM is running an international workshop focused on nautical motorsports and the environment. Fourteen speakers will discuss and reflect on the future of these technologies, with a view to promoting these means of propulsion for major sporting events.

 

 

Monaco students on the water

 

Eight students from Monaco’s Lycée Technique et Hôtelier were again involved in the Vripack Grand Prix, which requires them to assemble and build their own solar boat (from a kit supplied by Vripack) before competing in the various events.

Rendezvous tomorrow Saturday 15th July for more competition.

 

Programme (sous réserve de modifications)

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July from 8.00am to 6.00pm:
Opening of Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge Paddocks (entry free)

 

Saturday 15 July:
9.00am: Driver Briefing
10.00am: Slalom Course
10.00am: V5 Course
10.00am: Monaco Offshore Solar & Electric Race (depending on weather conditions)
3.00pm: One-on-one speed duels
4.00-6.00pm: Workshop (UIM/YCM)
8.00pm: Gala Dinner

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO, RESULTS >>

 

Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge Powered by YCM

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July 2017

 

The first contests at the 4th Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with UIM (International Powerboating Federation), kicked-off on Friday morning for the 21 teams competing. This unique event in the Mediterranean is an opportunity for international engineering students to showcase the potential of electric and solar power for the yachting sector.

Teams have come from all over Europe including The Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary and Germany. “It’s becoming very international with more teams competing, reflecting a general commitment to the environment here in the Principality,” said YCM General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri.

For the first time since this meeting was launched, a YCM solar boat team led by Nicolas Milanesio is on the start: “It’s a totally new sensation when the boat takes off out of the water. You can feel the machine become extremely sensitive to driving. It’s really exciting to be involved in this experience,” enthuses the Monegasque driver.

 

 

 

 

Dutch domination

 

As they did last year, Gerhard van der Schaar’s Dutch boat Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team won the endurance fleet race in the Open Class, having notched up 50 laps. The Netherlands also won the Challenge A Class on the same course, with victory going to NHL Solarboatteam driven by Johannes van der Steen who clocked up 28 laps.

Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team also won the YCM Speed Record, with a speed of 47.906 km/h registered over one eighth of a mile (231.5m), which means Gerhard van der Schaar retains the title as the fastest race boat, having already won this contest in 2016 and 2015.

 

 

Ambitions and goals

 

The Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge meets a major objective as being a competition where it is the quality of the boats associated with talented drivers that make the difference. “Sport is a perfect platform to showcase innovation. Our young people are the best ambassadors. Who better than engineering students to bring a breath of fresh air to technological advances,” comments Marco Casiraghi, an engineer himself, and the man behind the project.

Yet the event is also a showcase promoting eco-responsible propulsion to a wider public who flock to watch the teams in action from the quays and harbour walls. The timing is ideal as these energy sources represent the future.

 

 

Reflections on yachting of tomorrow

In addition to the contests on the water, the UIM is running an international workshop focused on nautical motorsports and the environment. Fourteen speakers will discuss and reflect on the future of these technologies, with a view to promoting these means of propulsion for major sporting events.

 

 

Monaco students on the water

 

Eight students from Monaco’s Lycée Technique et Hôtelier were again involved in the Vripack Grand Prix, which requires them to assemble and build their own solar boat (from a kit supplied by Vripack) before competing in the various events.

Rendezvous tomorrow Saturday 15th July for more competition.

 

Programme (sous réserve de modifications)

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July from 8.00am to 6.00pm:
Opening of Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge Paddocks (entry free)

 

Saturday 15 July:
9.00am: Driver Briefing
10.00am: Slalom Course
10.00am: V5 Course
10.00am: Monaco Offshore Solar & Electric Race (depending on weather conditions)
3.00pm: One-on-one speed duels
4.00-6.00pm: Workshop (UIM/YCM)
8.00pm: Gala Dinner

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO, RESULTS >>