Skip to main content

VIDEO-Solar boat race announced

The challenge has grown to include a fleet of competitors.

The challenge has grown to include a fleet of competitors.

Yacht Club de Monaco has expanded its solar-powered boat challenge that will take place July 12-14. The race is now open to boats powered by all clean-energy sources. The goal of the event is to promote and optimize these propulsion systems. It’s organized in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Hydros Foundation and the Union International Motonautique.

“Our wish is to bring together a new generation of engineers to imagine and build the motorboats of tomorrow,” said YCM general secretary Bernard d’Alessandri in a statement. “It is an integral part of the principality’s commitment to the environment, spearheaded by our President Prince Albert II. If we want to position Monaco as the capital of yachting, we are duty-bound to play our part in these technical advances. These students are reinventing motorboating, they are creating their future by building a cleaner tomorrow. How can we not support them?”

Here is a video of the event.

Solar energy still has top billing and an endurance race, timed slaloms and two-boat drag races will take place throughout the three days of competition. An offshore race will also take place from Monaco to Ventimiglia. Boats must comply with YCM Offshore Class requirements which means being able to take up to three people and meet technical specifications defined in collaboration with UIM.

For the alternative-power section of the 2018 event, competitors are being given a one-design catamaran hull and the challenge is to build a cockpit for the boat and design the most powerful solar or alternative propulsion system possible.

Related

1_LIMESTONE

Limestone Secures Financing for Expansion

The company said the $6 million in credit will be used to improve its Tennessee manufacturing facility and buy new equipment.

1_MCKENZIE

Mastry Marine Names Repower Center

St. Augustine, Fla.-based McKenzie Marine is the engine distributor’s latest designated Suzuki Repower Center.

1_VANDERBILT

Vanderbilt Ships First Pontoon

The company said the 700T Series was the first model shipped from its new Fort Wayne, Ind., factory and was delivered to The Marina in Angola, Ind.

1_CHIPS.ACT

NMMA Celebrates CHIPS Act

The legislation aims to return semiconductor manufacturing to the U.S. and allows businesses to deduct R&D costs in the same year they are incurred.

1_COX

Cox Marine Hires Sales and Support Staff

The diesel outboard builder this week brought aboard a new regional sales director, regional sales manager and an aftersales manager.

1_DEALEROUTLOOK

Boating Interests Lose Wind Farm Battle

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed wind farm off the Cleveland, Oh., waterfront meets planning requirements.

1_INFLATION.JULY

July Inflation Data Lags June

Consumer Price Index results may indicate that inflation has peaked, and Producer Price Index data was below market expectations.

1_YAMAHA

Yamaha Posts Higher Sales, Profit

The company’s first half 2022 net sales increased to $1.93 billion, and segment income rose to $330 million.