MS TŪRANOR PLANETSOLAR
On a solar boat speed is all about having a large solar panel area in relation to the mass of the hull. Other considerations are frontal area and hull drag.
The idea was developed by Raphael Domjan and a team, including:
1. The great grandson of Jules Verne; Jean Verne;
2. Jean-Louis Aucouturier, Professor Emeritus at the ENSEIRB Graduate Engineering School - Bordeaux Science and Technology University and President-Founder of the Electric Boats of France (l'Association franēaise pour le bateau électrique - AFBE);
3. Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, Navigator and Record Holder of the solo non-stop westward circumnavigation by sailboat. Ten Cape Horn passages, four around the world sailing tours; two of these tours in the Vendée Globe Race; and
4. Fernand Cuche, Conseiller d'Etat neuchātelois.
A crew of six set out to circumnavigate the globe using only solar power. Captain of the expedition was Frenchman Patrick Marchesseau. Other participants were Christian Ochsenbein (Bern, Switzerland) and Jens Langwasser (Kiel, Germany); as well as project initiator, president and expedition leader Raphaėl Domjan (Neuchatel, Switzerland).
the centerline of the world tour, the French Canadian Captain
Erwann Le Rouzic took over in New Caledonia mid May 2011, to assist with
navigation sharing the master's responsibility with
Captain Patrick Marchesseau.
longest distance ever covered by a solar
This is a useful comparison table between the Elizabeth Swann and PlanetSolar based on the published details above. Note the Swann's specification is draft (estimated) and subject to change as the development proceeds, the Planet's spec is actual:
Note the unusual propeller design of this boat - surface piercing blades or paddles that create a lot of splash.
TRANSATLANTIC RECORD APRIL 25 - 18 MAY 2013
The previous solar Atlantic record set by MS Tūranor PlanetSolar in November 2010 was bested in 2013, using the same route - from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, on April 25, 2013. She sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling at a speed of 5.3 knots before it reached Marigot, St Martin, in the French West Indies on May 18, 2013.
Despite several consecutive days of cloudiness the boat reached its destination in 22 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes - four days shorter than in 2010. PlanetSolar previously held this record with a time of 26 days 19 hr 10 min. See certificate below.
Switzerlands MS Tūranor PlanetSolar, is currently the worlds largest solar boat (Oct 2020).
Having departed Las Palmas, Spain, on April 25, 2013, the solar powered boat sailed 2,867miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic
It is difficult to compare the two crossings because they were conducted at very different times of the year. But it is
sure that major improvements over the previous winter - particularly to the propulsion
system - had increased the ships performance, according to Gérard dAboville, Captain of the MS Tūranor PlanetSolar.
Guinness Book of World Records, certificates for transatlantic and circumnavigation 2010 and 2012 by a solar powered boat.
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