Going green in bid to win Vendee Globe:
Britain’s Alex Thomson, who is seeking to be the first non-French sailor to win the iconic solo round-the-world Vendée Globe race in 2020-21, is building his new IMOCA 60 yacht with an electric motor, charged by onboard solar panel technology.
Second in the 2015-16 edition, Thomson has partnered with Oceanvolt to integrate the multi-million pound boat with a electric motor and batteries, designed to withstand the demands of a grueling round-the-world campaign, whilst continuing to promote sustainability.
While completing the Vendée Globe without using fossil fuels is not unprecedented, it has not yet been done by a contender to win the race.
“There is often a percepti…
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Line honors set in Rolex Middle Sea Race:
(October 23, 2018; Day 4) – As predicted, the 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race exploded into life overnight. The tension created by the strong northerly squeezing through the Strait of Sicily has grown steadily since sunset yesterday. First, the battle for line honours in the Multihull and Monohull fleets was played out. Both questions were resolved either side of midnight, with the pre-race favourites holding off spirited challenges from their closest rivals. Full report.
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