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Inagural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship a Huge Success

July 16, 2014

The smell of success is cascading throughout the fabulous Monaco yacht charter destination, positioned in the Western Mediterranean, following the completion of the very first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Three days of exciting festivities, filmed by Eurosport, attracted 24 teams from all over the world. The first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup was held at the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The core foundation of racing participants was made up of international university and college students who travelled from destinations from as far afield as the USA and Russia.

These futuristic vessels were designed and built by these young engineers who competed in 1 of 3 classes. Theses were A Class, Open Class and V20 and teams raced in fleet race, slalom and one-on-one sprints in front of the Principality, which was watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Champions of the event were the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team, Beluga, Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils). Finally the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi, the son of Marco Casiraghi. Marco himself also played an extremely large role in the vision of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

Aside from racing, the on land activities never stopped. The stimulating solar conference attracted a range of speakers ranging from top universities and engineering businesses to extraordinary naval architects like Vripack, the technical partners for the Solar1 Cup 2014. This event drew in a variety of people of all ages, enthusiasts and curious passer-by’s alike. Solar1 guaranteed that this event was appreciated by one and all, with activities ranging from a live DJ playing right in the paddock to a children’s solar boat competition. This took place in the new YCM swimming pool, where 25 children from 5-14 participated in a miniature solar powered boat race to mimic that of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

If that was not enough for this outstanding and successful event, Solar1 attracted the unique 30m PlanetSolar catamaran. VIP’s, teams and publics were able to view the highly powerful racing right from the top deck surrounded by 512m2 of photovoltaic panels with Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future. I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

To top off this exquisite event Solar1 received a little thank you at the closing dinner from HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation.

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

“Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

Appreciation and recognition must also be given to the Solar1 Partners and Sponsors, as this 1st year event would not have accomplished the level of success that it did with out them. Partners included; Yacht Club de Monaco, Vripack, Eurosport, UIM, PlanetSolar, Hill Dickinson, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Direction de tourism et des Congres, Oikos. Sponsors included; Orsto, Fairmont Monte Carlo, Green TV, Boat International, Wajer & Wajer, Super Yacht Times, WeWi, Nahkimov, Beluga, Enphase Energy, The Sun Factory, Rviera Magazine and RIB & HSC – High Speed Craft Directory.

“It was a fabulous event and the fact they were able to bring their various clients from across Europe to meet in a single venue of this standard and involved in such a great couple of days was a huge success for them”. Joanne Pochet, West/Central Europe Field Marketing Manager for Enphase Energy. The departure from Quai Louis II of the PlanetSolar catamaran signalled the end of an epic 3 days of racing. As she made her way out to sea she was followed by the blazing horns of her fellow vessels showing their appreciation for the 1st ever race for boats powered by the sun on the open sea in the Mediterranean.

“This is not only an event which will be repeated but an event created to change opinions and impact the minds of the now and the future.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the driving force behind Solar1.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup 2014 Wrap Up

July 14, 2014

The departure from Quai Louis II of the impressive 30-metre catamaran PlanetSolar, boasting 512m2 of photovoltaic panels, marked the end of the inaugural Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup. The recently concluded event was the first race destined for boats powered by the sun, which was held on the open sea in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

“The solar energy industry is expanding fast and those involved in the luxury yacht industry are very interested in its development,” comments Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the instigator for this project alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Monaco Club, which benefits from the expertise of Marco Casiraghi, wanted this meeting dedicated to the new generation to be the first international event organised in its new premises which were inaugurated on the 20th of June 2014.

Three days of festivities attracted 25 teams from international universities, mainly northern Europe and the United States. The futuristic vessels designed and built by these young engineers competed in a fleet race, slalom races and one-on-one challenges in front of the Principality, watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Congratulations to the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team Beluga Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils), while the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! Some of them even had foils. It’s the first time I’ve seen this technology on solar boats,” observed Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar, jury boat and guest of honour which was open to the public to come aboard. “As the largest solar-powered boat in the world, PlanetSolar has its place alongside these smaller craft which will one day be big. It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future.”

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

As well as providing a futuristic spectacle on the water, the meeting was a laboratory for solar energy.  “I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

At the closing dinner, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation, warmly congratulated all the teams: “Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

PlanetSolar to participate as Guest of Honour in first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

July 07, 2014

Following a sunny, nearly 20-day stay in the Marchica lagoon in Morocco, PlanetSolar enjoyed an amazing journey towards the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, where it dropped anchor at Port Hercules in the afternoon on July 6, 2014. Upon returning to the very place that witnessed the first solar-powered journey around the world, the catamaran will participate as the guest of honour in the ‘Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014′, representing the first solar boat race organized within the Principality of Monaco.

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

From July 6th to July 12th the boat will host events, and will become the official vessel of the members of the jury during the race, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. The ship will set sail on July 13th to continue its Mediterranean journey towards Greece, where it will embark upon the University of Geneva’s TerraSubmersa scientific expedition.

After 12 days at sea, the solar-powered boat reached its destination. Strong winds forced the captain to take shelter in the Balearic Islands, which gave the catamaran the chance to enjoy some of the archipelago’s most beautiful scenery.

Aboard PlanetSolar

Aboard PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar dropped anchor at the Hirondelle dock of Port Hercules (Monaco) yesterday, on the occasion of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014, the first solar boat race organised by the Principality, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. A strong symbol of the efficiency of photovoltaic energy, the largest solar-powered ship in the world will offer its unique characteristics to the competition’s organisers, serving both as an event platform, as well as to welcome the race’s jury panel.

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The catamaran will then continue upon its Mediterranean journey towards Greece. Once in the Hellenic Republic’s waters, the ship will once again become a scientific platform for the University of Geneva, enabling the study of submerged prehistoric landscapes as part of the “TerraSubmersa” expedition.

PlanetSolar celebrating completion of the Marchica lagoon’s decontamination

June 09, 2014

May 25, 2014, saw the departure of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar from Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. The world’s largest solar boat reached Atalayoun, in the Marchica lagoon in Morocco, on Friday, June 6, 2014. The vessel’s arrival to this location shows the Moroccan authorities’ desire to promote the use of renewable energies within the framework of a comprehensive development plan for the Marchica lagoon.

PlanetSolar in Atalayoun in Morocco

PlanetSolar in Atalayoun in Morocco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Over the course of a week, the catamaran will serve as the central hub for events meant to showcase the progress of this large project. The stopover will also be an opportunity for PlanetSolar to announce her partnership with the agency in charge of the site’s development – MarchicaMed.

In fact, PlanetSolar will manage a pilot project that aims to power the Marchica harbor master’s office completely autonomously and without CO2 emissions. Moreover, MarchicaMed is interested in PlanetSolar’s experience and expertise, as they would like to use a fleet of electro-solar boats for lagoon transportation.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

After 13 days of sailing, the world’s largest solar boat dropped anchor on June 6 in Atalayoun, at the heart of the Marchica lagoon. “The first days at sea were rather difficult, with headwinds in high maritime traffic areas such as the English Channel. Fortunately, the weather conditions gradually improved, enabling us to reach speeds of up to 10 knots. We are honored by this invitation and are delighted to participate in the celebration of this beautiful lagoon,” says Gérard d’Aboville, captain of the ship.

The catamaran’s stopover in this area is part of an ambitious development plan of the Marchica lagoon site, started in 2008. The project aims to galvanize the region while protecting and highlighting the lagoon’s natural resources and promoting renewable energies. The ship is therefore coming to pass along her positive message about the efficiency of photovoltaic energy and its many applications.

PlanetSolar - front view

PlanetSolar - front view - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The catamaran will stop in the Kingdom of Morocco for about two weeks. Then she will sail towards Monaco to participate in the “Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup” solar boat race, as jury host. The ship will then dash off to Greek waters, and again become a scientific platform for the University of Geneva, this time to study submerged prehistoric landscapes during the “TerraSubmersa” expedition.

Aboard PlanetSolar

Aboard PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

A week of celebrations for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar
While docked at the Atalayoun North Marina, activities will be organized on and around the ship from June 7-14. Stands will present the Marchica lagoon development plan in detail as well as the work carried out to complete the decontamination. For the younger ones, a workshop for building a model of a small solar boat will be offered. In parallel, the boat will be open to the public, raising awareness about issues regarding the use of renewable energies.

120m Mega Yacht MARIYA – the latest ultra-modern superyacht design by Dennis Ingemansson

March 21, 2014

Measuring impressive 120 meters in length over all, mega yacht Mariya represents the latest fluent ultra-modern design with state-of-the-art dynrig sails construction, beautifully penned by Swedish designer, Dennis Ingemansson. The exterior fluent lines of luxury superyacht Mariya concept are designed for perfect behaviors in wind tunnels.

120m mega yacht Mariya design by Dennis Ingemansson

120m mega yacht Mariya design by Dennis Ingemansson

The luxury interior of superyacht Mariya takes care of all senses for the owner. Five larger lounge areas are destined solely for the owner. Six guests rooms at VIP standards are available with additional guest lounge areas.

The aft part offers a 11m outdoor swimming pool with additional double smaller spa pools. The front hosts helicopter garage at Eurocopter 155 standard. The tender garage is designed to host double 12m limousine tenders with additional jet-skis and submarine.

120m superyacht Mariya concept

120m superyacht Mariya concept

Project Mariya yacht is a direct response to the increasing demand of eco-conscious yacht designs.

Preliminary Specifications of luxury yacht Mariya design

Length overall: 120,13m
Beam: 19,21m
Draft: 17,53m
Crew: 40
Maximum Speed: 22 knots

Builder: To be decided

Idea & Design development by Dennis Ingemansson 2011 – 2013

New unexplored solar expeditions for PlanetSolar

March 17, 2014

After hibernating for the winter at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, in Lorient, France, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will soon leave for new unexplored solar expeditions. In parallel, the Swiss company PlanetSolar S.A. will expand its sphere of activities into the renewable energy as well as clean mobility sector.

PlanetSolar - dry docking in Concarneau - Image credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - dry docking in Concarneau, January 2014 - Image credit to PlanetSolar

On the heels of success of the 2013 campaign where the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar demonstrated that it could be operated for practical purposes by carrying out, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, a scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream, the vessel is being prepared for new adventures in pursuit of the sun! The 2014 campaign will be especially focused on the use of the vessel for scientific purposes.

The official launch of this new campaign will take place from 14 to 28 April at Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) where the boat will be the guest of honour at the 23rd Festival des Images de Mer (Festival of the Sea Images), organised by the National Sea Centre (NAUSICAA).

The catamaran will then continue its journey toward the Mediterranean Sea. It will return to the Principality of Monaco, witness of the success of the first solar powered tour of the world in 2012, to offer its services to the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 (first solar boat race) which will take place in mid-July.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar should then head toward Greece where it is scheduled, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, to resume its role as a scientific platform for the purpose of studying submerged prehistoric landscapes. The catamaran would be involved in conducting undersea research led by archaeologists.

PlanetSolar S.A, beyond the operation of a solar boat

Since its construction in 2008, PlanetSolar S.A. has been focused on the management and operation of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar. Today, armed with an internationally recognised brand, the company decided to broaden its sphere of activities and put its knowledge, skills and experience in renewable and clean mobility energy at the service of clients and partners. The Swiss company is fuelling the ambition to carve out a place (in the sun) in the photovoltaic (PV) market in Switzerland and abroad.

Additional renderings of Su-36 yacht concept by MUB / Mahjoub El mahmoudi

January 10, 2014

Featured on CharterWorld on January 7, the 36-metre motor yacht Su-36 concept has been beautifully penned by the French yacht design studio, MUB – Mahjoub El mahmoudi. Below are some additional renderings of superyacht Su-36 concept on the open sea.

36m superyacht Su-36 concept

36m superyacht Su-36 concept by by MUB / Mahjoub El mahmoudi

Luxury motor yacht Su-36 concept

Luxury motor yacht Su-36 concept

Su-36 Yacht Concept from above

Su-36 Yacht Concept from above

Luxury yacht Su-36 concept

Luxury yacht Su-36 concept

Motor yacht Su-36 concept by MUB / Mahjoub El mahmoudi

January 07, 2014

The French yacht design studio, MUB – Mahjoub El mahmoudi is proud to present their latest 36-metre motor yacht Su-36 concept, featuring a reversed bow. The name of superyacht Su-36 project represents a diminutive of submarine.

Superyacht Su-36 concept by MUB Design Studio

Superyacht Su-36 concept by MUB Design Studio

Following a hydrodynamics study, the inverted bow is nowadays the best way to absorb the waves: the reversed bow of Su-36 superyacht concept allows to obtain better performances and a cost cutting of fuels.

Luxury yacht Su-36 concept

Luxury yacht Su-36 concept

The upper deck of luxury yacht Su-36 concept which includes among others the cockpit evokes the fuselage of a plane and allows by its shape to reduce its aerodynamic trail. By combining these surfaces, a real harmony takes place as well as a real formal coherence. Besides, the completely glazed roof uses four big photovoltaic panels which convert the sun rays in electricity.

Motor yacht Su-36 concept - front view

Motor yacht Su-36 concept - front view

Su-36 Yacht Concept - aft view

Su-36 Yacht Concept - aft view

An important percentage of glazed surface brings a natural all-out lighting and an amazing 360° view.

Luxury motor yacht Su-36 concept

Luxury motor yacht Su-36 concept

The part of Su-36 yacht concept called ‘the beach club’ is a real living space giving towards the outside, where a Spa Pool which overhangs deck hand can be found.

Su-36 Superyacht Concept - Exterior

Su-36 Superyacht Concept - Exterior

The purpose of this part of the 36m Su-36 yacht concept is to establish a cohesion at the formal level by the use of strata with set a symmetry between deck hand and the upper deck, that at the human level for the exchange between the owner and his dinner guests can be defined as a real social cohesion.

Su-36 Yacht Concept - Exterior

Su-36 Yacht Concept - Exterior

Technical Specifications of superyacht Su-36 concept

Length Over All : 36 metres
Beam Over All : 9.4 metres
Draught: 1.50 metres
Displacement: 80t
Engines : 2 MTU 16 V 4000M (3650 bhp)
Fuel capacity: 15000l
Max Speed : 32 knots
Superstucture : Aluminium
Guests : 10
Crew : 5

New Futuristic Sailing Catamaran Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE by Sunreef Yachts

December 09, 2013

In 2010, Sunreef Yachts introduced a new range of fast performance cruisers from 70 to 170 feet – THE ULTIMATE RANGE. The yard resolved to explore a new market niche by presenting sophisticated design line of ultra-modern, high-performance sailing catamarans, boasting environment friendly elements. The most impressive superyacht from this range is undoubtedly the sailing catamaran Ultimate 165 by Sunreef.

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht

This extremely spacious vessel with its total living area (interior and exterior) of 560 sqm can easily accommodate 12 guests and 10 crew. Arrangements of the lodgings offers extraordinary 135 sqm huge, luxury saloon open space with relax area, dining and bar. Additionally, an open cockpit connects with saloon via sliding doors. Port side hull is dedicated to guests, starboard one to the crew.

Superyacht Ultimate 165 by Sunreef

Superyacht Ultimate 165 by Sunreef

Sunreef Ultimate 165 yacht is designed with attention for the most demanding clients. 105 sqm customized flybridge provides Spa Pool, two navigation stations, big dining area and lounging chairs.

Luxury sailing yacht Ultimate 165 - Flybridge

Luxury sailing yacht Ultimate 165 - Flybridge

Ultimate 165 superyacht is a perfect solution for the ones who appreciate active lifestyle on board. Two aft garages of 17sqm each are equipped with the latest and greatest toys ensuring lot of entertainment during the cruise. Large tenders, 2 jet skis, 2 stand up jet skis, 4 sea bobs, diving equipment for 8 guests, laser boat and a wide selection of inflatable toys will make each cruise a real pleasure for the whole family.

Sailing yacht Ultimate 165 - Cockpit

Sailing yacht Ultimate 165 - Cockpit

Moreover, the Ultimate 165 yacht’s main deck accommodates a VIP suite and a study room or 2 VIP suits depending on the layout. 57 sqm master suite situated on the main deck features private gym with access to the spacious 45sqm front terrace accessible also from the slides.

Sunreef 165 Ultimate superyacht - Front Terrace

Sunreef 165 Ultimate superyacht - Front Terrace

Luxury yacht Sunreef 165 Ultimate is created for those who expect safe and fast sailing adventure with 25 knots as foreseen max speed on sails, with a total sail upwind area of 1230 sqm.

Specification of Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht

Length: 50,35 m /165 ft
Beam: 16m / 52,5 ft
Draft: 3,3m / 10.8 ft
Mast Length: 61,2m / 200 ft
Genoa: 510 m² / 5489 sqft
Gennaker: 1100 m² / 11840 sqft
Solent: 330 m²/ 3552 sqft
Grot: 720 m²/ 7750 sqft
Sail area upwind: 1230 m²/13240 sqft
Design: Sunreef Yachts

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Luxury motor yacht 40s Hybrid by Palumbo for sale

December 05, 2013

Being berthed at Monaco‘s Port Hercule at the moment, luxury motor yacht 40s Hybrid by Palumbo made her premiere at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Superyacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M is currently for sale.

Palumbo superyacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - CAmeller

Palumbo superyacht 40s Hybrid - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

“Sport” indicates the high performance of the 40s Hybrid superyacht equipped with two diesel engines which will give a top speed of 23 knots, with the ability to easily cruise at 18-20 knots.

Luxury yacht 40s Hybrid - front view

Luxury yacht 40s Hybrid - front view - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

40s Hybrid Yacht - aft view

40s Hybrid Yacht - aft view - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

“Hybrid” is because of her Green attitude. She is able to offer a completely new way of yachting, more conscious and respectful in caring of the environment.

Columbus 40s Hybrid Yacht - Decks

Columbus 40s Hybrid Yacht - Decks - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

Luxury yacht 40s Hybrid - aft view

Luxury yacht 40s Hybrid - aft view - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

Luxury yacht 40s Hybrid sleeps ten guests in five staterooms with the owner’s suite and study on the main deck, and she accommodates seven crew members.

Aboard 40s Hybrid superyacht

Aboard 40s Hybrid superyacht - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

With ample decks spaces, various sunning and dining arrangements and zero speed stabilizers, the unique 40m superyacht 40s Hybrid is RINA classed, LY2, Green Plus (Y), Hybrid Propulsion (Y) and AUT CCS (Y) compliant.