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VIDEO: Solar-powered boat race set for Monaco

For the second year, the Yacht Club de Monaco is hosting the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup.

For the second year, the Yacht Club de Monaco is hosting the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup.

The contest for competitive solar-powered boats, designed and driven by students from international universities, takes place July 9-11 at Port Hercules in Monaco. Around 30 entrants from a dozen nationalities are expected.

Yacht club president Prince Albert says the event is designed to encourage a new generation of boats that are friendlier to the marine environment.

“We at Solar1 love innovations and try to support them as much as we can,” Solar1 director Sergei Dobroserdov said in a statement. “Last year we had a huge success with the first Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup, with 25 teams participating and almost 300 team members who came to Monaco from all over the world.”

Capable of speeds up to 30 knots, the boats will participate in slalom and fleet races, as well as one-on-one sprints.

“It seems to me essential that we encourage any initiative in favor of the future of our industry,” Yacht Club de Monaco general secretary Bernard d’Alessandri said. “This technology being developed by a new generation of engineers suggests it could soon be applied to leisure boats, including the biggest yachts.”

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