It’s summer, so it’t time to race around the world. From July 13 to 15 we travelled south once more to defend our international championship title in Monaco’s Solar & Electric Boat Challenge. And we won, yet again! Does it get easier? No. But it does get better.
No matter how many medals we’ve conquered, when the starting signal fires, we fight just as hard as anyone else. Or maybe even harder. Because it’s not just about winning, it’s about developing clean energy solutions and about raising awareness for a better tomorrow.
For over a century Monaco has been a pioneer in powerboating. Just like previous years Port Hercule bay staged an unusual spectacle for vessels powered solely by the sun. Designed and driven by international university students, these revolutionary boats are the guarantee of a future where environmental protection and innovation will become inseparable.
Wings above water…
Each year, teams from all over the world gather in Monte Carlo to compete in several challenges. And every time, their boats get better. Never before did we encounter so many other hydrofoil constructions. Which make perfect sense: when these ‘wings’ start to carry a hull above of the water, the speed can easily double.
… and dangers on sea
But so do the dangers. Especially on open seas, with salty water and unpredictable waves. That’s why we’ve spent the past few months improving our Furia’s stability. We’ve tested more than ever before. We’ve brought all the spares that we could carry. But would it be enough?
On Friday we participated in the first part, known as the Endurance Fleet Race. Its goal is to complete 50 laps over a closed course of about 0,5 nautical miles. Everything ran smoothy and we finished first, with an lead of 20 laps on our runner up.
Later on we won the International YCM Speed Record, with a velocity of 47.906 km/h, registered over one eighth of a mile (231.5m). Even though we didn’t beat our personal best, neither did anyone else, so the record of the world’s fastest solar boat is still in our name.
The Slalom Races were scheduled on Saturday morning. We got two attempts to set a time, and our second run turned out to be the quickest, with a time of of 1:11.5.
Just hours later, the One on One Sprint Championship Race took place. This knock-out duel proved quite worrisome in unexpected ways, but we finished first and at the end of the day we did secure the title.
We were lucky and our efforts came to fruition. Does it get sweeter? Yes. Even after four back-to-back victories, we were as grateful as ever to fly home on victory’s wings!
Once again we’d like to thank Yacht Club De Monaco for organising this spectacular event, as well as our wonderful sponsors CLAFIS and Victron Energy for allowing us to take a part in it. Together we fight the global battle for sustainable energy.