Monaco’s green boat race to commence

A solar-powered boat competition in Monte Carlo is set to start this week. For the second year running, the Yacht Club de Monaco is set to host the Solar1 Monte-Carlo […]

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A solar-powered boat competition in Monte Carlo is set to start this week.

For the second year running, the Yacht Club de Monaco is set to host the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup contest.

For three days these green boats will participate in an original world championship, competing in a slalom course, fleet race and one-on-one sprints.

The boats give the impression of flying over the water and are capable of speeds up to 30 knots – powered only by the sun.

The boats are designed and driven by students from international universities.

Around 30 entrants from several nationalities are expected in the bay of Port Hercule, one hundred years after the first motorboat competitions were held in Monaco.

Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, said: “It seems to me essential that we encourage any initiative in favour of the future of our industry.

“This technology being developed by a new generation of engineers suggests it could soon be applied to leisure boats, including the biggest yachts.”