First ever solar-powered sea race kicks off

"Welcome to the future! Solar1 races was created to promote the use of solar power in our everyday lives, which I strongly believe in. I see it as a great opportunity to animate and excite a new generation, whilst also focusing their attention on important issues such as renewable energy. We use global events to communicate, educate and promote a greener and brighter future to a new generation. Today, we race in Monaco. Tomorrow, we hope to bring the same excitement and innovation to other major yachting centres world-wide. I would like our future to v clean, economical and sustainable. Solar1 moves us all towards a greener, brighter future!”

It was with these words that Sergei Dobroserdov, President of Solar1 welcomed the 25 teams representing 10 nationalities at the opening Solar Conference.

Yesterday Solar1 launched the first edition of the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup, the first solar boat race to be held on the open sea and in the Mediterranean, and the first of many events aimed not only to entertain, but also to educate people in the progress and capabilities of solar power.

The Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup, which is being held in Monaco's brand new Yacht Club, brings together experts and enthusiasts from the worlds of solar power, green technology and competitive sport and showcases 25 powerful, sun-driven vessels that have been created through inspirational designs and creative thinking. For Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra, Directors of Vripack and creators of the V20, β€œthrough the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup we are promoting an incredible synergy between nature, innovation and motion.”

As part of the event, a conference took place inside the yacht club yesterday. The conference was introduced by Marco Casiraghi, and featured talks by some of the key players of this historic race and solar industry experts presenting the latest in innovation and market trends.

Racing starts today, and for a full schedule of events please click here. To have a look at the race course, please click here.

Solar 1

By Maarten Janssen



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