PlanetSolar Will Complete World Circumnavigation in Monaco

On Friday 4th May 2012, the arrival of the PlanetSolar, the first exclusively solar-powered boat to sail around the world, will mark a turning point in the history of new environmentally friendly technologies.

The largest solar-powered catamaran in the world – 31 metres long – left Monaco on 27th September 2010, after an official presentation by H.S.H Prince Albert II, for a round-the-world trip from East to West along the equatorial route.

PlanetSolar crossed the Atlantic to Miami in the United States, and then headed to Cancun in Mexico and Cartagena in Colombia before travelling along the Panama Canal in January 2011. 

The solar catamaran then had a stopover in French Polynesia, Noumea and Brisbane, Australia, before sailing north of Australia, close to Papua New Guinea. PlanetSolar is expected to arrive in Monaco on Friday 4th May 2012. By then, she will have sailed for 28,618 nautical miles.

She will be moored by the Quai Antoine 1er, opposite Monaco Yacht Club, and will remain in the Principality until Sunday 6th May. Various activities and events will take place that weekend.

“The 536.65 m² of photovoltaic solar panels allow her to be propelled by solar energy alone.  Everything on board is solar powered – the water, lights and telephone – apart from the cooking stove, which runs on gas,” explained the boat’s designer, Raphaël Domjan.  The six-man crew who made the Atlantic crossing has since been reduced to four, to demonstrate “that it is not necessary to have a large crew to operate these technologies.”

This initiative is part of the environmental policy that Monaco has been pursuing for many years.  It is supported by a consortium composed of Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Société des Bains de Mer and Monaco Yacht Club.

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