10th Edition of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge
More than 50 boats from 23 nations are expected in Monaco in July to engage in this event celebrating yachting’s energy transition. There are just weeks to go before the start of the Principality of Monaco Energy Boat Challenge; the largest meeting for alternative energy sources organised by Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM). Already, 27 teams have completed their registrations in the Solar and Energy classes, many of which are engineering students. The event has also attracted around 15 professional entrants coming to present their latest innovations at the first YCM E-Boat Rally from Monaco to Cala del Forte in Italy. A total of 50-plus boats will be out on the sea in the bay of Monaco, and of note, YCM has set itself a zero-emission goal with its 100% electric press and safety boats.
This unique event is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and is focused on open source research and development, with a full programme addressing nautical challenges on the sea, daily Tech Talks, industry pitches and a conference. Other partners include Credit Suisse, BMW and SBM Offshore, with key yachting industry players involved including the Sanlorenzo, Oceanco, Ferretti and Monaco Marine shipyards.
It has been well over a century since the first powerboat meetings that attracted the world’s industrialists to discover the latest innovations in propulsion, and the Principality maintains its long tradition as a laboratory of technology. “YCM aims to be a driving force in the environmental transition, an ambition that is part of the collective ‘Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting’ approach,” says YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri.
A total of 27 teams from 23 nations are set to descend on Monaco from as far afield as Peru, USA, Canada India, Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, and more represented ashore and at sea.
Outside the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, YCM continues to ramp up actions in pursuit of its environmental goals, including installing charging stations for electric vehicles (cars and boats) in the YCM Marina; purchase of three electric tenders to support its youth competition teams; use of BTL biofuel; and development of a water recycling system for the Club’s swimming pool. The overall goal is to save energy wherever possible.
In line with the wishes of YCM President, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who believes that “faced with the climate emergency, it is imperative that living proof of progress replaces the promises,” the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge proves technology exists and is efficient. Through this event, YCM intends to be a key player in the environmental transition, positioning the Principality as a driving force for responsible yachting.