Monte-Carlo is known for fast racing, but usually the kind that burns a lot of fossil fuels. Last weekend some young engineers from around the world worked to change that image when they arrived in town for the first Solar Boat World Championship.
Teams from Europe, USA, and South America were divided into 3 classes: 10 Open teams, with craft not more than 8m long; 12 in A class, which were not more than 6m and 4 panels; and 4 V20 foiling one designs by the Dutch design studio Vripack. Planet Solar was there as a mother ship.
A mix of fleet racing, slaloms, and one on one sprints made up the competition. The winners were CLAFIS Private Energy Solar Boat Team II for the Open Class, Dutch Solar Boat Team for the A Class and Team Beluga Powered By Synergy for the V20 Class.
Prince Albert II of Monaco, president of host club the Yacht Club de Monaco, remembered that in 1904 Monaco hosted the first powerboat races. "Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor boat sector," he said at the closing dinner.
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