Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup, powered by the YCM Thursday : 9th to Saturday 11th July 2015

Solar power conquers boating in the Principality.

Franck Terlin 


For the second year running, the Yacht Club de Monaco is set to host this contest for competitive solar-powered boats, designed and driven by students from international universities. Around 30 entrants from a dozen nationalities are expected in the bay of Port Hercule, one hundred years after the first motor-boat competitions were held here. 

The gathering puts the spotlight on a long-established maritime tradition of innovation and commitment by the Principality and its Yacht Club to be a key player in the environmental protection field. History is repeating itself with the Yacht Club’s President, Prince Albert II, who wants to encourage a new generation of revolutionary boats that are more respectful of the marine environment. In the same spirit, Pierre Casiraghi, YCM Vice-President wanted to participate and is closely following the construction of a boat that he will drive himself. 

Franck Terlin 

“The solar power industry is growing rapidly and those of us in luxury yachting are very interested in how it develops. It is also an opportunity to get the new generation involved in this project, while at the same time communicating messages such as the importance of renewable energy sources to preserve our planet,” comments Sergei Dobroserdov, the man who initiated the project. 

For three days these ‘green’ boats will participate in an original world championship with a slalom course, fleet race and one-on-one sprints between boats that give the impression of flying over the water, and are capable of speeds up to 30 knots - powered only by the sun. 

Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, says: “It seems to me essential that we encourage any initiative in favour of the future of our industry. This technology being developed by a new generation of engineers suggests it could soon be applied to leisure boats, including the biggest yachts. A promising message for the future…” 

Programme (pending modifications) 

  • Wednesday 8th July:

Franck Terlin 

Boats will start arriving and registering from 10.00am when the “Boat Paddock” opens. 

  • Thursday 9th July:

End of boats registering 

  • Friday 10th July:

9.00am all day - Paddocks and Solar Village open to the public
11.00am to 4.00pm - Fleet Races 

  • Saturday 11th July:

9.00am all day - Paddocks and Solar Village open to the public
10.00am to 12.30pm - Slalom Races
1.30pm to 4.30pm - One on One Championship sprint races
5.00pm to 6.00pm - Winners speed record setting 

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