The sixth run of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge closed on July 6, 2019 following five days of exciting races and exhibitions. The event saw 34 teams from across the world taking part, ending when the racing and Tech Talk winners were announced.
The event was held in collaboration with the International Power boating Federation, with support from Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, with the goal of showing off sustainable yachting alternatives to fossil fuel, innovations that can change Phinisi yachts in Indonesia and yachting across the world. The event showed off the work and ideas of the innovators of the yachting and the energy sectors.
HSH Prince Albert II states that these developments are important to him, as well as the Yacht Club de Monaco, adding that training and educating the youth, their creativity, development, awareness, and involvement, will help create a better future for everyone.
The 2019 run of the event saw some intense racings, which included the solar fleet completing the first 3-hour, non-stop race of over 20 nautical miles, as a statement to the world, boasting of the advances being made in the energy sector. The Dutch teams managed to keep the lead with wins in three different categories, while France managed to snag the win in the newly launched Energy Class.
The yachting industry had no representatives that handle Phinisi yachts in Indonesia, but German shipyard Nobiskrug and marine motorworks Torqueedo did show up to represent the industry, with both companies presenting a fleet of electric tenders.
The Yacht Club de Monaco even took the opportunity to announce the launch of their Zero Emission Committee Boat, a 100% eco-friendly vessel of the catamaran class, which will be used for all future events and regattas the club runs.
Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri, spoke during the event saying that the event contributes on the future of yachting. He admits that part of the project is make Monaco as a yachting capital, but it also provides a place for experiments, developments, and breakthroughs in the industry.
The 2019 Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge saw more than 400 participants and about 1,000 visitors. There’s already a date lined up for the 7th edition of the event, which will run from June 30 to July 4, 2020.