Solar powered boats
Monaco will organize the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup in July
vendredi 14 février 2014 –
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Slalom, Fleet and the most exciting One on One races will take place in front of Port Hercules and in Larvotto Bay. It will be a fantastic spectacle round courses based on those proposed at the beginning of the last century.
“The solar power industry is expanding at such a rapid pace that it was crying out for an event of equal magnitude to unite and represent its stakeholders. Not only do Solar boat enthusiasts have an unrivalled opportunity to display their engineering talents but the exciting thing is that they can also compete equally well with both the vertically integrated energy companies and ambitious young students”, says Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar1. “As a location Monaco can undoubtedly deliver thrilling and exciting sporting events. But its commitment to sustainable development and projects aiming to protect the environment mean it is the perfect fit for Solar 1 races”.
While this is not the first solar race to take place worldwide, it will be the first time many will race in the open waters of the Mediterranean. Marnix Hoekstra, Director of Solar 1’s technical partner Vripack, witnessed the solar boat take to the waters of Monaco for the first time during the race trials.
“It is incredible to see these boats fly across the water”, he says. “We organised sea trials in Monaco in August that left us in no doubt that solar boats are capable and seaworthy enough for tough races ! Understanding how they work is all part of the education process which we aim to integrate into this event”.’
Solar 1, together with the Yacht Club de Monaco, will host three days of events 10 - 12 July which so far include :
- Solar boat races
- Solar Conference
- Kids Solar boat model race
- Opening/Prize-giving ceremonies
- World’s largest solar-powered vessel Planet Solar confirmed their participation as Jury Boat.
Voir en ligne : Info presse www.solar1races.com
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