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MONACO - The yacht harbour at Monaco is an ideal location for fast electric boats powered by the sun. For over a century Monaco has been a pioneer in powerboating.
Monaco has been governed as a constitutional monarchy since 1911, with the Sovereign Prince of Monaco as head of state.
The official language is French, but Monégasque, Italian, and English are widely spoken and understood. The state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861, with Monaco becoming a full United Nations voting member in 1993. Despite Monaco's independence and separate foreign policy, its defense is the responsibility of France. However, Monaco does maintain two small military units.
In 1904, Monaco was already organising the first powerboat meetings. The world’s industrialists came from all over the world to Monaco to present their latest developments in combustion engine technology. Port Hercule and its bay are now the stage for an unusual spectacle with the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge for vessels powered only by the sun.
These cutting edge boats are designed and driven by international university students incorporating revolutionary ideas with existing technology in the quest for a future where environmental protection and innovation will become inseparable.
PRINCE ALBERT II - Monaco is not formally a part of the European Union (EU), but it participates in certain EU policies, including customs and border controls. Through its relationship with France, Monaco uses the euro as its sole currency (prior to this it used the Monégasque franc). Monaco joined the Council of Europe in 2004. It is a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). According to the CIA World Factbook, Monaco has the world's lowest poverty rate and the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita in the world.
Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this meeting is very much in line with the Principality’s desire to pursue a commitment it holds dear: to prepare today for a better tomorrow. Teams who do not have a solar-powered machine have the opportunity to assemble one from scratch (supplied in kit form by Vripack) before the event to compete in the different races. Now that is what we call a challenge! The younger generation have the chance to give birth to promising projects supported in this way.
JULY 13 2016 - MONACO SOLAR BOAT CHALLENGE
it was really raining like hell, but we still pushed the boat to limit -
we managed a top speed of 52.4 km/h (32.5 mph)," Gerard van der
Schaar, the 2015 winner, is quoted as saying to CNN after a day of
2006, when we had the first Solar Boat Race, the top speeds were 15
km/h," van der Schaar recalls. "First we thought if we get it
to 50 km/h then that's a good mark, today we passed that. I think in the
future we will go to 55, 56 and maybe even 60 km/h."
have contacts with a lot of large boats who want to have a chip or full
electric. Hybrid is really upcoming because if you have a super yacht,
you also want to have a silent mode for eight hours, so you can go
swimming without the diesel oil in the sea."
Focusing on this week's competitive action, van der Schaar is confident of ruling the waves in his green machine once again.
"Yes, our boat is in good condition (to win)," he says. "But, I must say, we are now also in close combat with another team. Normally we have a bigger difference, but now it is very close. "So in Monaco it will be really exciting."
RECORD HOLDER - On the 4th of May 2012, history was made, as Raphael Domjan, at the helm of a giant of a catamaran powered only by solar panels crossed the finishing line at Monaco to become the first electric boat to sail around the world. MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, known under the project name PlanetSolar, was (@ 2018) the largest solar-powered boat in the world. The vessel was launched on the 31st March 2010, also going into the Guinness Book of World Records with a time of 584 days to better by any contender. The project was mostly financed by Immo Stroeher, the owner of the boat.
Marketing the World's Most Expensive Boats - Billionaire Consumers Flock to Monaco Yacht Show
NEW YORK - September 17, 2007 Hoag Levins
Luring together the marketers and consumers of the world's most expensive pleasure boats, this week's annual Monaco Yacht Show holds a rarefied status in the world of luxury goods sales. In this interview taped before she jetted off to the French Riviera city-state to cover the event, Power and Motoryacht magazine executive editor Diane Byrne discusses the latest trends among the boat-buying elite and the marketers who target them. Many of the custom craft on display at the show sell for between $50 million to $100 million and require a recurring annual outlay of 10% of that amount for fuel, crew, maintenance and the onboard consumables considered de rigueur by the rich and famous afloat.
What about a luxury boat with a zero carbon footprint? Solar power is a reality yet to be proved as a practical means of clean ocean cruising. The above is a study of what might be possible given the incentive, contract or other assistance.
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