Monaco, September 16th, 2015 – The second edition of the Solar 1 – Monte-Carlo Cup powered by the Yacht Club of Monaco took place from July 9th to July 11th 2015 and united 24 teams from 9 different countries. The teams competed in three separate events comprising an endurance race of 30 laps, a test of maneuverability on a slalom course and a one-on-one speed duel.
The 2015 rankings are as follows:
1st Clafis Private Energy Solar Team I, Netherlands, (800 points)
2nd Clafis Private Energy Solar Team II, Netherlands, (600 points)
3rd Tu Delft, Netherlands, (450 points)
1st Dutch Solar Boat Team, Netherlands, (700 points)
2nd SCIGRIP, Poland, (700 points)
3rd Han Solar Boat Team, Netherlands, (450 points)
These challenges provide opportunities for innovation and testing for these boats of the future, divided into two categories (A class and Open class), and putting into practice technological and ecological imagination in the field.
Most of the boats have been designed and built by engineering students from different countries across the world, keen to promote solar power and demonstrate its viability and performance. Powered only by the sun, some of these solar dragonflies can reach speeds up to 25 knots and have unlimited autonomy in the sunshine.
A highlight of this edition was the introduction by the Yacht Club de Monaco of the International YCM Speed Record for Solar Boats, in collaboration with the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique), the goal being to establish a “benchmark” record which can then be attempted on other race areas throughout the world. It’s a speed record set over a distance of one eighth of a nautical mile, with Gerard van der Schaar, driving for Clafis Private Energy Solar Team setting the first record in a time of 18.753 seconds, a speed of 23.996 knots.
On the day HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco celebrated the 10th anniversary of his reign, the competitors at the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup received a surprise visit from the Sovereign, who was out on the water to encourage them, confirming his commitment to promoting renewable energy sources.
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