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Principality of Monaco- Open-air laboratory at service of clean energy

by Yacht Club de Monaco on 13 Jul
Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge 2017 © Cecilia Conterno
Revive the spirit of the first international powerboat meetings launched in 1904, while supporting development of clean energy: that is the task of the Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge. Organised in partnership with the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the event is unique in the Mediterranean. It is also the only competition to bring together in the same race area, on the open sea, solar powered boats and, for the first time this year, boats whose batteries can be recharged by different sources of electricity.

In keeping with its tradition as a laboratory for technology, the Principality hosts the Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July. The meeting is a chance for engineering students to give free reign to their imaginations to design and build solar or electric powered boats. The aim is to raise the public’s awareness of all the potential these can offer in the battle against global warming.

“The Yacht Club de Monaco intends to play a key role in these technical advances. It is vital that we support this new generation of engineers. These students are reinventing boating, they are creating their future by building a clean tomorrow. How can we not support them,” says YCM General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri.



Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge: count-down to fourth edition

Twenty-two teams (eight nations) have already signed up for the event including a Monegasque formation led by Nicolas Milanesio from the Yacht Club de Monaco. Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, UIM President, explains: “We are on the road to building a sustainable future which is why we must commit to promoting this method of propulsion.”

An endurance fleet race, timed slalom course and one-on-one duels will put teams through their paces over three days of competition in Monaco’s bay. A reminder that last year, Dutch team Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team and Dutch Solar Boat won the event for the third year in a row in their respective classes (Open and Challenge A). Gerhard van der Schaar (Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team) also set a new speed record at 49.10 km/h.

Monaco Offshore Solar and Electric Race: Long distances testing ground for a new class!

A true capital of yachting, this year the Yacht Club de Monaco launches the Monaco Offshore Solar and Electric Race. Three boats take the start of a 25-nautical mile Monaco-Nice-Monaco race to set a reference time. The boats can take three people and meet YCM Offshore Class specifications, drawn up in collaboration with the UIM. The YCM’s wish is to partner with international universities and respected shipyards.

Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Paddocks: get closest to competitors

Keen to draw attention to the potential of these energy sources, the Yacht Club de Monaco is transforming its quays into a Village where participants and the public can mingle in a summer holiday atmosphere. It offers a great opportunity to get close to the competitors and enjoy all kinds of related activities, including seeing how giant solar ovens operate, much appreciated by visitors looking for lunch!



Building the boats of tomorrow

In addition to the contests on the water, The International Powerboating Federation (UIM) is running an International Motorsport and Environment Workshop to discuss concrete applications for solar power in the yachting world. A challenge for the future! Key figures from international sport federations, institutions, companies and experts will present latest developments in solar and electric mobility technology. Discussions will focus on key impacts and the way forward for more eco-friendly motorsports, and stimulate creation of a professional platform to enhance effective communication among international sport federations and related stakeholders.

Programme (subject to change)

From Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July – 8.00am to 6.00pm:

Opening of the Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge Paddocks (Free Entrance)

Thursday 13th July:

• 6.00pm: Briefing for drivers
• 7.00pm to 8.00: Welcome Cocktail (Dress code: Casual Chic), by invitation only

Friday 14th July:

• 10.00am: Offshore race (depending on weather conditions)
• 10.00am: Endurance fleet race
• 3.00pm: Parade
• 4.00pm: International YCM Speed Record

Saturday 15th July:

• 9.00am: Briefing for drivers
• 10.00am: Slalom Race
• 10.00am: V5 Race
• 10.00am: Offshore race (depending on weather conditions)
• 3.00pm: One-on-one duels
• 4.00pm to 6.00pm: Workshop (UIM/YCM)
• 8.00pm: Gala dinner and prize-giving (Dress code: Casual Chic), by invitation only

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