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First official interior images and virtual tour of Princess 88 Yacht by Princess Yachts

December 02, 2013

The prominent UK builder, Princess Yachts, has proudly released the first official interior images as well as virtual tour of the exciting new Princess 88 yacht, the definitive long range Motor Yacht. Superyacht Princess 88 will be exhibited at the 2014 London Boat Show, running from 4 to 12 January.

Princess 88 Yacht by Princess Yachts

Princess 88 Yacht by Princess Yachts - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

The expansive main deck is light and impeccably finished. The wheelhouse and highly equipped galley are separated from the main guest areas with discrete crew access, including an independent service access to the dining area.

Princess 88 Yacht - Helm

Princess 88 Yacht - Helm - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 88 superyacht - Galley

Princess 88 superyacht - Galley - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 88 Yacht - Dining

Princess 88 Yacht - Dining - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 88 superyacht - Saloon

Princess 88 superyacht - Saloon - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Below decks, you can specify four or five en-suite cabins. A beautifully appointed forward VIP stateroom, starboard double and twin port cabin are accompanied by either a full beam owner’s stateroom or two further en-suite double cabins.

Princess 88 Yacht - Owners Stateroom

Princess 88 Yacht - Owners Stateroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88MY - Owners Stateroom - Dressing Table

88MY - Owners Stateroom - Dressing Table - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88 Motor Yacht - Owners Bathroom

88 Motor Yacht - Owners Bathroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88 Motor Yacht - Forward VIP Cabin

88 Motor Yacht - Forward VIP Cabin - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 88 Yacht - Starboard Guest Cabin

Princess 88 Yacht - Starboard Guest Cabin - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88 Motor Yacht - Starboard Bathroom

88 Motor Yacht - Starboard Bathroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88MY - Port Twin

88MY - Port Twin - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

The substantial crew quarters comprise of a captain’s double cabin, a twin cabin and a crew mess area. Alternatively this can be arranged to accommodate three crew cabins if required.

88 Motor Yacht - Captains Cabin

88 Motor Yacht - Captains Cabin - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

88MY Crew Cabin Twin

88MY Crew Cabin Twin - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by Princess Yachts.

Sir Ben Ainslie and his AC45 catamaran at upcoming London Boat Show

November 29, 2013

Visitors to the 2014 London Boat Show will have a unique chance to relive the excitement and spirit of this year’s America’s Cup by getting up close to Sir Ben Ainslie and his legendary AC45 catamaran. The 60th edition of the event will host the four times Olympic gold medallist as well as America’s Cup winner, with his J.P.Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran joining the best of British manufacturing and world renowned brands from 4 – 12 January 2014.

Ben Ainslie skippering the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran

Ben Ainslie skippering the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran

The extreme racing multihull that competed in the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series will be on display for the full nine day Show. Visitors heading to the Show on Wednesday 8 January will also have the unique opportunity to meet Sir Ben Ainslie. The legendary sailor – who has recently been shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year, for the second year running –  will be visiting the Show and taking part in a question and answer session on the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand at 1130am (stand number G28O).

Murray Ellis, managing director of National Boat Shows said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Sir Ben Ainslie and his catamaran to the 2014 London Boat Show.  Everyone in the world couldn’t fail to be caught up in the thrill of the spectacular America’s Cup back in September and it will be a real privilege for people to meet and listen to Sir Ben about his accomplishments.  And what an opportunity to see his AC45; we pride ourselves on the Show offering visitors the chance to see the latest and the best innovations in the sport of sailing.  We also want to inspire and encourage people to get out on the water more and follow their dreams and what better way than taking the lead from the world’s greatest Olympic sailor.”

Team J.P.Morgan BAR, which was launched in January 2012 competed in the 2012/13 season on the America’s Cup World Cup series and also smashed the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round Island record that had stood for 12 years, by 16 minutes and 8 seconds.

See the AC45, meet Sir Ben and get the chance to win some fantastic J.P. Morgan BAR signed clothing. To enter, simply tweet a picture of yourself in front of the AC45 display using #raceforall in the tweet. The winning tweet will be picked at random and announced on Friday 17 January.

A great success of superyacht trainee at Houses of Parliament event

November 19, 2013

One of the main attractions of a recent donor event in London was a budding superyacht captain as Isle-of-Wight based maritime youth charity, UKSA, let its beneficiaries do the talking.

New UKSA Superyacht Crew Training recruit Brendan Kearley

New UKSA Superyacht Crew Training recruit Brendan Kearley

Brendan Kearley (25) was one of six young ambassadors at the event in Parliament’s newest building, Portcullis House, who were quizzed by the 100-strong audience (made up of leading figures and supporters from the superyacht, corporate, local government and charity sectors) on how UKSA’s youth development programmes helped turn around and transform their lives.

He has recently been granted a £2,000 bursary towards a Superyacht Crew Training course following a successful ‘Change Direction’ programme. It’s a unique four-week course for 16 to 24s seeking to move off benefits and into employment – and involves a two week residential at UKSA’s Cowes HQ made up of marine industry workshops, followed by two weeks of hands-on work experience with maritime organisations. 82% of all participants to date have moved into some form of work or training.

Brendan explains: “At the Change Direction selection day a presentation given by an ex-UKSA student who was working on super yachts, inspired me to realise a career I could follow whilst still pursuing my dream to travel the world. The course turned my life around and since completing it I have returned to UKSA on a weekly basis as a volunteer for their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Brendan with London 2012 Paralympics gold medallist sailor Helena Lucas

Brendan with London 2012 Paralympics gold medallist sailor Helena Lucas who said: “I was honoured to be there and it was really eye opening what impact this charity has had on so many young people.”

“Thanks to UKSA I was given the amazing opportunity of being a member of crew on-board Gipsy Moth IV for the annual ‘Round the Island Race’ (placing 16th of 30 in the classics) and have just been awarded the £2,000 Stephen Thomas Bursary established to offer professional yacht career training to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

“It has enabled me to start the revered Superyacht Crew Training Course at UKSA, which will hopefully enable me to gain employment around the world, but I will always be a willing ambassador for the organisation, its fantastic facilities and unique opportunities it offers.”

By 2017, UKSA aims to have an additional 3,500 young beneficiaries per year and is looking to raise an additional £3million a year to fund these ambitious plans, as well as securing capital funding to invest in its Cowes HQ and a new permanent facility in the Lee Valley.

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht to be once again exhibited at London Boat Show

November 15, 2013

Set to run from December 4 to 12, this year’s London Boat Show will once again feature the striking Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht. Displayed at the 2012 edition of the event, superyacht Sunseeker 115 was built by the prestigious UK shipyard, Sunseeker International. Boasting impressive styling and sporty profile, she effortlessly mixes up high speed cruising with spacious accommodation.

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht can accommodate a guest party of up to 10 people, while still delivering high-speed performance. There are 5 beautifully appointed staterooms, including a full-beam master suite on the main deck, as well as four guest cabins below deck. Outside, the foredeck is an exclusive space. Topped with sunpads, seating areas and wetbar, it is perfect for entertaining and soaking up the warmth of the sun.

As attractive as she is powerful, the 115 Sport Yacht  represents the perfect blend of power and sophistication. The adventurous design and surprising practicality make her impressive, yet simplistic.

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

Princess Yachts to attend London Boat Show 2014

November 07, 2013

The prominent Plymouth-based boat builder, Princess Yachts International, will be attending the London Boat Show 2014, showcasing the new superyacht Princess 88, the all-new V48 Open sports yacht, as well as Princess 43 yacht. All of these are set to make their UK debut during the event. The upcoming London Boat Show will be held at London’s ExCel from January 4 to 12, 2014.

Superyacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Superyacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International PLC

Princess 56, 64, 72 Motor Yacht and 82 Motor Yacht flybridge models and the Princess V39, V52 and V57 sports yachts will be also on display.

The Princess V48 Open has attracted critical acclaim since its recent international launch. The latest model in the V Class sports range, it is a highly capable craft delivering performance, efficiency and exceptional handling, both at sea and at close quarters. The resin infused hull is designed to quicken the transition to plane, improving efficiency whilst delivering outstanding performance and handling thanks to its Volvo IPS engines and drive system. She also benefits from an incredibly spacious open cockpit to offer the ultimate open boating experience.

The teak-laid cockpit, with its generous seating, creates the perfect space to enjoy life on deck and is shaded by the canopy and electrically operated sliding sun roof which provides versatility to enjoy the complete open boating experience. It incorporates a wetbar and, further aft, a large integrated sunbed is positioned above the tender garage, which can accommodate a 3.25m jet-rib. There is a further ‘J’ shaped seat forward, adjacent to the twin helm seats providing companion seating when underway.

Luxury motor yacht Princess V48 Open

Luxury motor yacht Princess V48 Open - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International PLC

Below decks, the V48 Open provides accommodation for up to 6 guests with two large en-suite cabins including a full beam owner’s stateroom amidships and a forward guest cabin, which can be specified with an optional ‘scissor berth’ system to create a double or twin beds as required. The generous saloon seating can be converted to provide additional sleeping space for occasional guests.

Following their recent international debut, the new Princess 88 Motor Yacht and the Princess 43 are also set to wow the crowds at London.

Superyacht Princess 88 is powerful, agile and gracefully elegant. She has been designed for long range cruising and her deep-V hull utilises the very latest resin infusion technology, making her performance and sea keeping both impeccable and efficient. The Princess designers have once again excelled in creating exterior and interior spaces that are generous in size, exceptionally well finished and incredibly flexible whether entertaining or relaxing.

Princess 88 Yacht - Interior

Princess 88 Yacht - Interior - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International PLC

The Princess 43, also launched in 2013, marks a new era for Princess. An iconic flybridge yacht, she exudes style and benefits from the latest technology and contemporary design. Building on the success of the Princess 42, one of the brand’s most celebrated yachts ever to be produced, she offers flexible accommodation for up to six guests and the ultimate in performance, efficiency, comfort and elegance as well as impeccable seakeeping and handling.

Princess 43 Yacht

Princess 43 Yacht - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International PLC

As well as this, Princess will also be revealing further information about its eagerly anticipated S Class. The new motor yacht Princess S72 will be the first Princess based around an exciting new Sportsbridge concept and will be the first S Class yacht to be unveiled to the public in 2014.

Princess Yachts International has already confirmed its presence at the 2015 London Boat Show in a demonstration of its commitment to the internationally renowned event.

For further information about the models being displayed at the London Boat Show please visit stand number E250 during the event, from 4-12 January 2014.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Princess.

Williams Performance Tenders to attend 2014 London Boat Show

November 01, 2013

After a highly successful start to the boat show season, Williams Performance Tenders is thrilled to announce its participation in the biggest ever London Boat Show. The company will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014.

Williams 2014 Turbojet yacht tender

Williams 2014 Turbojet yacht tender

Founded in 2004, in the past decade Williams Performance Tenders has become internationally renowned for its superb quality, highly customised tenders. Over 4,500 have left the factory in the past ten years, including most recently from the new and improved Turbojet range. The full range of new Turbojet models will be on display at London.

As well as celebrating this important milestone, Williams will also be aiming to raise thousands for charity, with a specially-made tender up for auction at the show. The bespoke Turbojet 325, which is being manufactured with a bright pink colour scheme, will be sold to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and the vital services the charity provides. Details on how to bid will be available soon.

Mathew Hornsby, Sales Director at Williams Performance Tenders, commented: “We are looking forward hugely to the London Boat Show this year. Not only will we be displaying our new model range Turbojets at the show for the first time, we will also be celebrating the start of a milestone anniversary year. With the addition of our bespoke pink tender as well, it looks like being a very exciting show.”

Williams’ show season began in September with the world première of the next generation of Turbojet models at Plaisance de Cannes. Following further success at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, Williams also took its newest Dieseljet tender to the Monaco Yacht Show – the first time that the company had exhibited at the prestigious event. Williams 625 superyacht tender , the largest model in the Dieseljet range, attracted significant interest at the show on Williams’ on-water stand, with several sales made. Such was the success of Williams’ first visit to Monaco that the company is already planning to exhibit next year with double the number of tenders on display.

Williams will also have a presence at METS for the first time in 2014, followed by Boot Dusseldorf and the Miami International Boat Show later in the year.

Visitors to the London Boat Show can find Williams on Stand B220.

First Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht under construction with Sunseeker London

October 31, 2013

The exclusive news on the build process of the all-new Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht by Sunseeker was revealed earlier this year. In June 2013, Sunseeker 101 Sport motor yacht hull #1 left the mould and was about to enter the second stage of production. Four months later, interior work is well-and-truly underway, and the 101 Sport Yacht, sold by Sunseeker London, is taking shape. Some pictures of the yacht under construction, complete with some never seen before CGIs, have been kindly provided by Harry Bristow-Holmes, Sales Broker for this particular 101.

First Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht in build with Sunseeker London

First Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht in build with Sunseeker London

Production at the Sunseeker International shipyard is on schedule with delivery of Sunseeker 101 Sport superyacht hull #1 expected in May 2014. At this stage, work on the unique Sports Fly is about to be started, whilst the engine fit-out has been completed. All lower deck glazing is in place, including the trademark Sunseeker panoramic hull windows, in addition to the saloon doors.

a CGI view of the Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht bow shows the customised foredeck spa pool and large sunbathing area

CGI view of the Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht bow shows the customised foredeck spa pool and large sunbathing area

A customised Williams 505 Tender has been specified, complete with carbon fibre rubber tubes in keeping with the yacht’s unique colour scheme, and will be built in early 2014. Physical launch of the Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht is anticipated for early February 2014, allowing for 8 weeks of testing in Poole harbour prior to her delivery for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Windows are in place for Sunseeker 101 Sport superyacht Hull no. 1

Windows are in place for Sunseeker 101 Sport superyacht Hull no. 1

The full specification has been completed by her owner, with final amendments now being confirmed. Boasting over 280 modifications to the standard factory specification (which is in fact a bigger specification than the current 155 Yacht that is in build) this particular 101 Sport Yacht is certainly going to be very special.

Doors frames have been fixed in the saloon, and all glazing added to the lower deck

Doors frames have been fixed in the saloon, and all glazing added to the lower deck

New Superyacht Line ‘Unique Circle Yachts’ designed by Zaha Hadid for Blohm+Voss

October 17, 2013

Pritzker prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid, has partnered with the respected Hamburg-based manufacturer, Blohm+Voss, to design a new superyacht line, called the ‘Unique Circle Yachts’. Introduced at the latest exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work at the David Gill Gallery in London, the new motor yacht line is based around the sculptural form of a master prototype, conceived for a 128m yacht. Moreover, The Unique Circle Yachts by Zaha Hadid Architects for Blohm+Voss is a family of five individual 90m yachts that creatively explore the design philosophies of the master prototype within the technical requirements of a fully-engineered yacht design.

The 90m (left) and 128m mothership (right) superyacht concepts from Zaha Hadid and Blohm + Voss

The 90m and 128m mothership mega yacht concepts by Zaha Hadid and Blohm + Voss

The overall design is informed by fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research informing the design of the hull. The exoskeleton structure of the upper section is an interwoven network of supports that vary in thickness and lend a natural aesthetic to the yacht’s external appearance; evoking the organic structural systems found in natural marine formations. This exoskeleton connects the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals. Whereas traditional yacht designs adhere to a strict horizontal order, Hadid has created an intense connectivity between the various decks and elements of the design. The fluid design language of the master prototype has been applied to subsequent variations of the Unique Circle Yachts 90m yacht concepts, creating a coherent design with the highest correlation between the various design options.

Aerial view of the 128m mothership superyacht concept

Aerial view of the 128m mothership superyacht concept

The 90m JAZZ yacht is the first of the five Unique Circle Yachts that has been technically specified and detailed by the naval architects at Blohm+Voss. Its lineage from the 128m master prototype is evident, with further technical refinements to address the specifications required for ocean crossings.

128m mothership mega yacht concept - side view

128m mothership mega yacht concept - side view

In addition to superyacht JAZZ, four further 90m yachts have been designed to fulfil the different requirements and individual requests of their designated owners. Each design will vary in layout according to the owner’s preferences.

128m mothership luxury yacht concept by night

128m mothership luxury yacht concept by night

The design process was very much a collaborative one, with Blohm+Voss and ZHA working together to address the practical challenges of designing a yacht while remaining true to the strong iterative design language of the master prototype. The resulting designs are the synergy of Hadid’s design vision and the technical expertise of Blohm+Voss, allowing a flexibility and customisation in the eventual design of the yacht.

90m Project JAZZ Yacht

90m Project JAZZ Yacht

“As a dynamic object that moves in dynamic environments, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water. Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety,” explained Zaha Hadid.

90m superyacht Project JAZZ - upview

90m superyacht Project JAZZ - upview

Blohm+Voss has the proven experience, the in-house technical expertise, and the capacities to offer tailor-made solutions for the most demanding buyers in the superyacht market. The naval architects of Blohm+Voss are forever pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation. In recent years Blohm+Voss has built many of the world’s most prestigious mega yachts. These include the groundbreaking 394-foot motor yacht “A“ designed by Philippe Starck and the mega yacht “Eclipse”, designed by Terence Disdale, which at 533 feet (162.5 m), is the world’s second largest private yacht. Other Blohm + Voss superyacht projects include, the motor yacht “Mayan Queen IV” and the superyacht “Palladium”.

Project JAZZ Yacht - side view

Project JAZZ Yacht - side view

Dr. Herbert Aly, CEO and Managing Partner of Blohm+Voss says: “On an aesthetic level a superyacht is a great design task as everything is customised down to the last detail. A superyacht is by definition an exercise in total design, where every detail is looked at with attention and refinement. In the past, in the era of steam liners, there has been an attempt of utilising ship building elements in architecture. Zaha Hadid and her team have taken this ethos and created a bold new vision and a new benchmark in the design of superyachts.

Project JAZZ superyacht - Close up pool

Project JAZZ superyacht - Close up pool

Aly adds: “The idea of the Unique Circle Yachts allows for variation of a genotype and its phenotypes, offering a range of possible solutions based on an cognate platform. As a result Zaha Hadid’s design is malleable to suit the very individual wishes and needs of a potential customer which lies at the heart of Blohm+Voss’ approach to yacht design. The strength of the design lies not just in its functionality and form, but also its effortless adaptability.”

90m motor yacht Project Jazz - The Owner's Deck

90m motor yacht Project Jazz - The Owner's Deck - Glacier White

Project Jazz Yacht - The Owner's Deck

Project Jazz Yacht - The Owner's Deck

Zaha Hadid Architects and Blohm+Voss have transformed yacht design; creating an innovative concept and developing this vision into a fully seaworthy design that offers dynamic new possibilities for naval architecture.

Below is a video presenting the Unique Circle Yachts by Zaha Hadid Architects for Blohm+Voss:

Esimit Sailing Team recognized for its excellent achievements

September 11, 2013

At the official prize giving ceremony at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London, Igor Simčič, owner of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht, was recognized for his crew’s success at the recently running Rolex Fastnet Race.

Igor Simcic with the Rolex Fastnet Race Trophy

Igor Simcic with the Rolex Fastnet Race Trophy

Namely, superyacht Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line first among over 340 yachts at the 608-nautical-mile biennial challenge and therefore secured its 25th consecutive monohull line honours victory.

For this great achievement, Igor Simčič was awarded with the Rolex chronometer, while he was also presented with the “Erivale Trophy” for the first yacht home in the IRC Canting Keel Class and the “Irish Lights Trophy” for being the first IRC yacht rounding the Fastnet Rock.

Moreover, Igor Simčič was extended the invitation to the Royal Ocean Racing Club exclusive membership as a recognition for his outstanding sailing results.

Rolex Fastnet Race Trophy

Rolex Fastnet Race Trophy

“I would like to thank the commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Mike Greville, and Club’s CEO Edward Warden Owen for their hospitality tonight and the invitation to the Club membership. I am proud on my crew, which did an amazing job at the recent Rolex Fastnet Race, therefore I dedicate the trophies to each and one of them. At the same time I am honoured by the Club’s invitation. I understand the upcoming admittance to the one of the most renowned sailing clubs in the world as a big recognition for me not just because of our sailing results, but also as an acknowledgement to the core values of the Esimit Europa project,” stated Igor Simčič during the prize giving ceremony.

Planet Solar concludes 2013 campaign

September 10, 2013

The world’s largest solar vessel – PlanetSolar’ ended her 2013 campaign in Paris, which started on April 8 in La Ciotat (France). In successfully concluding an unprecedented campaign  of scientific measurements along the Gulf Stream collaborating with the  University of Geneva (UNIGE), Planet Solar proved  throughout this journey that she could be used for practical purposes.

M:S TURANOR PlanetSolar

M:S TURANOR PlanetSolar

The vessel  sailed over 20,000 kilometers over the course of 156 days, raising the general  public’s awareness about climate issues and promoting solar energy at each  stopover. The Parisian stopover brings this 2013 mission to a close. A series of  events will be organized in the ship’s vicinity from September 10-15, Port de  Javel-Bas, quai André Citroën.

This 2013 campaign has been specifically denoted by a new record for a transatlantic crossing, set in 22 days (4 days less than 2010), and by the public’s sensitization to climate issues during each of the 12 stopovers, such as in Miami, New York, Boston (United States), Halifax (Canada), and London (United Kingdom). The ship travelled over 20,000 kilometers—including over 8,000 which were dedicated to the scientific mission—in the wake of the Gulf Stream. The world’s largest solar vessel’s 2013 campaign wraps up today, against a backdrop of success. Despite occasionally difficult sailing conditions due to weather vagaries, the catamaran has successfully achieved her objective—to demonstrate that she is not simply a mobile ambassador for photovoltaic energy.

“This 2013 campaign was a fascinating challenge for me! Indeed, we had to follow the zigzag itinerary specified by the scientists, respect the stopover schedule, and simultaneously take into account the specificities of a solar ship! We are extremely happy to have reached Paris today, thereby demonstrating that the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar can go above and beyond a trip around the world, and has a very promising solar future ahead of her!” said Gérard d’Aboville, captain of the ship.

Planet Solar on the Seine

Planet Solar on the Seine

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition, which was launched in Florida in early June and came to a close in London in August, inaugurated the new life of the solar catamaran. In collaboration with UNIGE, an interdisciplinary team of researchers used the boat’s unique features to carry out a campaign of unprecedented measurements along the Gulf Stream, the main regulator of European and North American climates. The collected data is currently being analyzed at UNIGE, and the researchers are already drawing a positive initial assessment.

“PlanetSolar DeepWater made it possible to test several scientific instruments—some of which were prototypes developed at UNIGE—in real conditions. Extensive physical, chemical, and biological data is now in the hands of the institution and will be the subject of a thorough analysis. Although the study of this information is not yet under way, interesting trends are becoming apparent, particularly in relation to sea spray aerosol production,” states Martin Beniston, climatologist and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at UNIGE.

The success of this measurement campaign has opened the door to many projects for which the solar ship will be solicited: scientific campaigns with UNIGE, educational programs that support renewable energy, and a campaign to clean up floating plastic waste. The future looks promising for the catamaran; she will be of great use to both science and education.

A week of festivities in the heart of the City of Light

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will be docked at the quai André-Citroën from September 10-15 near the André-Citroën Park in Paris (15th arrondissement). Events hailing the end of the 2013 campaign will be organized, e.g. the “SolarSoundSystem” (musical entertainment powered by the sun), evenings devoted to philanthropic outreach, and onboard visits from schoolchildren. An exhibition dedicated to the “DeepWater” scientific expedition—with its crew and researchers in attendance—will be open to the public on Thursday, September 12 from 2pm – 5pm in the orangery greenhouse of André-Citroën Park. The success of this 2013 campaign will bring together numerous partners and supporters during these 5 days.

The mayor of the 15th arrondissement, Mr. Philippe Goujon, is looking forward to hosting the ship for 5 days. “It is a tremendous honor to welcome the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to the 15 th—Paris’ maritime arrondissement—at the end of this 5-month human and scientific adventure. We are proud that this expedition is ending on the Seine, one of Paris’ most important monuments, and in our arrondissement, where PlanetSolar’s arrival symbolizes the excellence to which we aspire in terms of innovation and research.”

An enthusiasm shared with Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Swiss Ambassador to France. “The arrival of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Paris, her last 2013 stopover, was awaited with great interest! The Swiss Ambassador to France is proud to be able to take part in this event, which exemplifies Switzerland’s spirit of innovation thanks to the ship herself as well as to the scientific expedition carried out by the University of Geneva. PlanetSolar is a beautiful showcase of Switzerland’s contribution to the environment”.

Planet Solar vessel on the Seine

Planet Solar vessel on the Seine

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition’s ambition was to collect a continuous series of physical and biological measurements, both in the water and in the air, using advanced instruments and the expertise of the UNIGE scientists. Led by Professor Martin Beniston, the research team studied the key parameters of climate regulation, namely aerosols and phytoplankton, in order to better understand the complex interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, as well as the role these interactions play in climate change.

The researchers were particularly interested in the phenomenon of ocean vortexes—large whirlpools that break away from the main part of the Gulf Stream—that influence heat exchanges with the atmosphere as well as the growth of phytoplankton.