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PlanetSolar’s last activities for the year 2014

October 15, 2014

Following the news about the progress and end of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign, the PlanetSolar team is delighted to release the latest news about the boat’s last activities for the year 2014.

PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy

PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Sailing Through Two Seas to Get to Venice

The first week of navigation towards the City of Doges from Kiladah (Greece) is easy, with favourable weather on the Ionian Sea. On the way, a series of landscapes parade by the crew on both port and starboard, each more beautiful than the last. After a few days, there is Ksamil, the nearest shore of Albania, in the distance. For her last night in Greece, the ship dropped anchor against a turquoise backdrop, in the tourist island of Corfu, and was rocked to sleep one last time by the waters of the beautiful Hellenic Republic.

The next day, in a bittersweet departure, the catamaran and its crew set sail towards the Adriatic Sea, following the coasts of Montenegro. Along the way, the ship made brief stops here and there, discovering previously unexplored areas. There was smooth sailing until Croatia, or more specifically, Dubrovnik. The solar-powered boat could not resist the appeal of sailing (too) close to the coast, which drew the attention of Croatian coast guards (you try being discreet aboard the Tûranor!). A few administrative procedures later, and the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was allowed to remain in Croatia’s territorial waters. That will teach the catamaran to stick her prow in everything!

PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy

PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

After this detour, the boat headed North and island-hops across Croatia’s coast: Korcula Island, Hvar Island, the Zadar archipelago, Losinj Island… Croatia is stunning. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar zoomed along until it reached the North-west corner of the Croatia, near the town of Umag, and turned west to reach Italy.

The radiant sun gave way to sheets of rain, and the sky took on unbelievable purple tones. The catamaran felt her energy supply growing weaker, and knew it would soon be time to take a break from the oceans during the cold season.

Welcome to the Republic of Venice

Despite the rain, the catamaran reached Venice on time, on September 4th. Under a grey sky, the ship glided across the Italian city’s canals, a trip that was captured by the Souris Verte drone, a multimedia partner. This flying contraption unfortunately met a dramatic end a bit later in one of the city’s canals.

Venice is not only one of the 2014 campaign’s stops, but it will also become the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s home for a while. What better place to spend a winter than Venice, where boats are the main means of transport? This iconic winter stay was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Vento di Venezia company, which has been responsible for the re-qualification of the island of Certosa. Thanks to this organisation, the MS Tûranor will be moored in the island’s marina until May 2015.

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Upon arriving, the ship paraded across the Venice canals, and onlookers soon rushed the docks to see this rare sight. The ship then zig-zagged around gondolas, barges, and small motor boats (vaporettos), an exercise which required a certain amount of dexterity. Imagine yourself trying to drive on a motorway at rush-hour with a 100-ton truck, and add the fact that these vehicles can pass you on both the left and the right! After this eventful little trip, the boat moored at the island of Certosa and prepared for the events that will take place aboard in the coming days.

Because of a stroke of calendar luck, the largest solar-powered boat in the world’s arrival in Venice coincided perfectly with the 71st Venice Mostra (a world-renowned international film festival). No red carpet for the PlanetSolar, which instead had a green one! In fact, the Green Drop Awards took place during the Mostra, a ceremony organised by the international Green Cross organisation, which celebrates films that feature values of ecology and sustainable development. The prize was awarded to Andrej Končalovskij for his film “The Postman’s White Nights”, inside the solar-powered catamaran’s crowded centre. The next day, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is involved in a very different kind of business, as guest of honour at the Regata Storica, an annual event that showcases the art of rowboats. Seeing these splendid, historical and typically Venetian vessels in the shadow of the solar-powered mammoth was quite an experience. Some of them are true works of art!

A few weeks later, the boat once again became an ambassador for renewable energy, and made a memorable entrance in the armoury of the City of Doges.

Currently, the boat is docked at the island of Certosa. She will stay there until May 2015, the start of summer and of her 2015 expeditions. This winter will be enlivened by visits and private events organised in collaboration with Vento di Venezia. After more than 9,000 kilometres at sea, the boat and her crew deserve some rest, but only to be all the more fit for 2015.

To conclude this Venetian episode, here is the last video of 2014, which shows the events that took place in Venice, and is sure to be a feast for the eyes!

The Crew Disembarks

After six months of intense solar-powered navigation, it is now time for the Breton crew members to recharge their batteries. Throughout the course of this 2014 campaign, the sailors were not only able to meet the goals of solar navigation, but also to actively participate in the promotion of the ship and her activities. More than 4,000 people crowded the ship’s hull during these past few months! The crew never stopped making sure that these visits took place safely, as well as answered curious visitors’ many questions. Gérard d’Aboville and his crew also watched over the arrival of several celebrities, authorities, and media presences aboard, and served the scientists well during the scientific research carried out in Greece. We would like to thank the crew once again, and to wish them a good trip home.

Rest assured, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has not been completely abandoned… in fact, the crew leaving for the winter coincides with the arrival of a new member of the PlanetSolar team: Giulia Seno. This Italian skipper will make sure everything goes well aboard from a technical point of view (checking the moorings, the alarms etc.) and greet guests during organised tours throughout the winter. Welcome to the team!

Rent the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Venice

During her holiday in Venice until May, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is open to the public, and will also become an events platform for companies, institutions, and even private guests. Having often been a victim of her own success during short stops throughout these campaigns, this winter in the City of Doges is an opportunity to take advantage of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s impressive dimensions and to discover the interior of this unique ship. Want to float along the Venetian lagoon on a cruise, enjoy a cocktail with a view of 512m2 of solar panels, or come aboard for Venice’s carnival? It is all possible.

A New Owner for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar winter in Venice also marked a new chapter in the solar-powered boat’s history. The Stroeher family, the catamaran’s current owner, which has been passionate about solar energy and which worked in the background from the beginning of the project, is now retiring and passing on this multifunctional tool.

“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,” explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.

“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,” Immo Stroeher concluded.

Zeelander Luxury Explorer Yacht Z164 presented at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 01, 2014

This year’s Monaco Yacht Show saw the Dutch yacht builder, Zeelander present its motor yacht Z164 concept to the visitors and yachting professionals alike. With the running costs of a 30 meter yacht, Zeelander designed and engineered a 50 meter Luxury Explorer, the Z164 superyacht. This innovative yacht is completely designed to provide low cost of ownership, reduced fuel and energy consumption and to excel in the Green Plus RINA Classification.

Rendering of the Z164 yacht by Zeelander

Rendering of the Z164 yacht by Zeelander

During a press conference Zeelander owner and Chairman Sietse Koopmans told the attending press, including CharterWorld, the inspiration and motives behind this exciting project. It all started in 2009, when he embarked on his own circumnavigation of the world on board his explorer yacht Zeepaard. This incredible and uplifting journey lasted over 3 years and covered 50,000 miles, visiting 39 countries.

Rendering - Zeelander motor yacht Z164

Rendering - Zeelander motor yacht Z164

Being Dutch and with an engineering background from the oil industry, Sietse and the Zeelander team designed the yacht to the point of perfection. Taking every aspect of the yacht into consideration, HVAC systems, generators, engines, grey water, cleaning processes for the yacht and down to the smallest light bulb. No stone has been left unturned. Every facet of the Z164 yacht has been engineered to reduce the environment impact and reduce overall running costs.

Zeelander’s historic involvement in noise and vibration control plays an important part in the development of the Z164. The world tour, for which Sietse received the Voyager’s Award at the prestigious 2014 World Superyacht Design Awards, gave him countless experiences and invaluable knowledge which were key in the design of the Z164.

Rendering of explorer yacht Z164 by Zeelander

Rendering of explorer yacht Z164 by Zeelander

Presenting the Luxury Explorer yacht Z164 to the industry in Monaco at the beginning of May, Global Marketing Director Ylja Venema says; ‘The introduction was a huge success and opened many doors for us. The story around the Z164 is truly amazing and will completely change the world of long distance yacht travel. All the industry professionals we visited were very enthusiastic about the Z164 and praised Zeelander for it’s innovation in this project. For an ambitious and revolutionary company like Zeelander, this is a positive boost!’

2015 SOLAR1 MONTE CARLO CUP

September 17, 2014

With HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene expecting, the Yacht Club de Monaco being launched and the official opening of the premiere solar powered boat race proving to be a great success, it has been an important and exciting year for Monte Carlo.

Solar1 2014 Race - Photo Franck Terlin

Solar1 2014 Race - Photo Franck Terlin

Solar1 founded by parent company Nakhimov, was created to showcase the innovations and technology in solar power. Solar1 unveiled an incredible first year event at the new Yacht Club de Monaco in July 2014; with 3 days of racing, participation from over 24 teams from all over the world, hugely successful supporting events; from a Kids Solar Race to an extremely popular Solar Conference, with speakers from powerful industries. This was a spectacular event.

Solar1 truly exceeded all expectations, and are delighted to officially announce the return of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup to the principality in 2015.

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.” HSH Prince Albert II

From the 9th to 11th July 2015, Monaco will once again see teams from around the world descend to race in Port Hercules and Larvotto bay, in an even more thrilling and explosive event, for the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup World Championship title.

2014 saw the inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, where experts and enthusiasts from around the world joined together to create an unforgettable experience, promoting an incredible synergy between nature, innovation and motion. Next years edition will be even bigger and better; with more global teams, higher speeds, more technological advances, more competition, tougher races, bigger supporting events and an all round electric experience. This is defiantly an event not to be missed.

The official invitation to participate in the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2015 has been released, and several teams have already signed up to participate and defend their titles. Deadline for team participation is 1st November 2014.

We are delighted to be invited back to host the 2nd edition of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco. The support and feedback we received from our first event was incredible, and especially from top industry leaders and enthusiasts; this really validates all the hard work that went into the event. Solar1 are fearless and we strive for greatness, we insist on pushing boundaries and educating through global events.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1

Solar1 have already begun to put 2015’s plans in motion and welcome your attendance to an event like no other. Solar1 participants, partners and sponsors will be invited to series of supporting events, including but not limited to: Opening and Gala Dinner, Conference and Kids Race. Visitors and guests can also choose to benefit from Solar1’s exclusive hospitality and VIP package.

PlanetSolar ends her 2014 campaign today and starts searching for new owner

September 04, 2014

Today, September 4, 2014, in the popular Italy yacht charter destination – Venice, saw PlanerSolar end her 2014 campaign, launched in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France on April 13. This 9,000 kilometer trip, spread out over 5 months of navigation, featured stops in Atalayoun in Morocco, Monaco, as well as Greece, where the ship transformed into a scientific platform as part of the “TerraSubmersa” archeological expedition, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE). Once again, the largest solar-powered ship ever built showed she could be used for concrete goals, and thus reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool and formidable communication platform. Now at her peak, the ship seeks a new owner.

PlanetSolar in the popular Italy yacht holiday location - Venice © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in the popular Italy yacht holiday location - Venice © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign ends today, on a high note. Through the course of these past 5 months, the largest solar-powered ship in the world has reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool, and has definitively confirmed her incredibly important use as a scientific platform, launched in 2013.

During 8 stops spread out along a 9,000 kilometer route, the solar-powered boat met with the public and carried out her mission of promoting solar energy. The high point of this 2014 campaign was the “TerraSubmersa” scientific expedition, which took place in Greece during the month of August. Carried out by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), this mission aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been swallowed up by the waters of the Kiladha Bay, in order to reconstruct them and identify potential traces of human activity.

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy © PlanetSolar

Thanks to a partnership with Vento di Venezia (VdV), the organization responsible for promoting the Island of Certosa (Venice), PlanetSolar will spend the winter in the Serene Republic. During this period, which will last until May 2015, VdV and PlanetSolar will jointly organize public visits and private events. To celebrate the end of her campaign, a series of activities will be organized around the boat from September 4 to September 9.

PlanetSolar seeks a new owner

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar adventures have been due to the Stroeher family (boat owner), a German family that is passionate about solar technologies, and has been operating behind the scenes since the start of the project.

PlanetSolar - upview © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - upview © PlanetSolar

“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,” explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.

Aerial view of PlanetSolar in Venice © PlanetSolar

Aerial view of PlanetSolar in Venice © PlanetSolar

“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,” Immo Stroeher concluded.

PlanetSolar concludes her TerraSubmersa expedition and leaves for Venice, Italy

August 26, 2014

Terrasubmersa, the archaeological mission led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, was concluded on last Friday, following almost a month in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, of which 11 days were dedicated exclusively to science. The expedition’s objective was to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulf, and identify traces of human activity. Aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and a Greek research vessel, the Alkyon, the scientists took geophysical measurements and carried sub-aquatic excavations in the Bay of Kiladha. The research was preceded by three stopovers, all of which were marked with successfully organized events and visits of the boat. August 23, saw the largest solar-powered boat in the world leave for Venice in Italy, representing her next and last stopover of this year.

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

Since July 28, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has travelled through Greece as part of the UNIGE-led TerraSubmersa expedition. This mission was divided into two distinct phases. The first was to introduce the archaeologists’ work among the public and local authorities through a series of events organized along the three stops (Eretria, Athens, Napflio), while the second phase was exclusively dedicated to archaeological research in the Argolic Gulf.

“The catamaran’s spacious liveable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great maneuverability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” declared the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar is extremely satisfied with this mission. At each stopover, the ship was met with enthusiasm by the public, and drew the attention of Greek authorities. Thus, more than 2,000 people stepped through the catamaran’s walkway. Moreover, PlanetSolar had the opportunity to welcome local political figures aboard, including Konstantinos Tassoulas, the Greek minister of culture, Giannis Maniatis, the Greek minister of the environment, energy, and climate change, as well as the wife of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On the Swiss side, PlanetSolar also notably welcomed Walter Steinmann, director of the Federal Energy Office (OFEN).

Currently, the ship and her crew are sailing towards Venice. They are expected to drop anchor in the City of Doges on September 4.

PlanetSolar underway

PlanetSolar underway - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Preliminary results of the TerraSubmersa Expedition

This Greek-Swiss expedition, led by UNIGE in collaboration with the Laténium of Neuchâtel, the Greek Service for Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to map them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.

At the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, the sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By mapping the landscapes that have disappeared underwater, archaeologists hope to understand the dynamics through which coastal zones were populated. In the TerraSubmersa expedition, research focused on the Franchti cave, located on the northern shore of the Bay of Kiladha, which was used for close to 35,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages.

PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

“We collected fantastic data, whose analysis will take two years of work,” enthuses Julien Beck, the expedition’s lead scientist. “The preliminary results are encouraging!”. In fact, by mapping the seabeds, the researchers found paleobeaches dating back to different periods in prehistory. All signs lead to believe that these beaches were visited by the users of the Franchti cave, in which scientists recovered shells and the fish bones. Furthermore, faults indicating tectonic shifts in the Argolic Gulf have been detected with the echo-sonar installed aboard the solar-powered ship. These faults could explain the difference in depth of the paleobeaches.

PlanetSolar arrives in Athens as part of ‘TerraSubmersa’ scientific expedition

August 04, 2014

Following an amazing passage through the Corinth Canal on July 28 and a stop in Eretria from July 31 to August 2, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swiss archeological excavations in this region, the world largest solar-powered boat, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, docked yesterday afternoon in the port of Piraeus in Athens, a fantastic Greece yacht charter destination. This is the second stop on the itinerary of the TerraSubmersa scientific expedition, led in partnership with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The purpose of this expedition is to explain the scientific objectives of this archeological mission, which will be launched on August 11 in the Argolic Gulf (Greece). The ship will reprise her role as a scientific platform, lending her exclusive features in service of the UNIGE researchers, whose goal is to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged by the water, in order to reconstruct them and identify any potential traces of human activity.

MS Turanos PlanetSolar

MS Turanos PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The expedition will allow the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to continue to prove her uses, both as a platform for communication and events, and especially as a scientific platform. “PlanetSolar’s second life is not just an occasion to expand upon prestigious visits to New York, London, Paris, or Athens, or event for spectacular voyages like the crossing of the Corinth Canal, but it also offers the crew the pleasure of accomplishing the most diverse kinds of missions. Among these, TerraSubmersa, which is the highlight of our 2014 season, is certainly the most fascinating. The highly precise navigation we will need, together with the excitement of discovery… all in the magnificent setting of the Argolic Gulf,” declared Gérard d’Aboville, the ship’s captain, with great enthusiasm.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

TerraSubmersa expedition: discovering submerged prehistoric landscapes

This Greco-Swiss expedition, led by Julien Beck, a researcher in the classical archeology department of UNIGE, aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to reconstruct them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.“Prehistoric underwater archeology and the study of ancient submerged landscapes are new fields of study in Greece,” Julien Beck explains. This research will allow archeologists to reconstruct landscapes that have vanished underwater, and to understand the interactions between prehistoric man and the sea.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will mainly be used to take geophysical measurements, which will allow the researchers to model the topography of ancient coastal zones, and to identify any potential traces of human activity. The Alkyon, a boat from the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, will also be used for this work, which will be carried using state-of-the-art equipment (multi-beam sounder, lateral sweeping sonar, GPS, etc.). Subaquatic excavations will then be led by divers, thanks to a hydraulic aspirator which will remove a layer of protective silt from the site.

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.