Monaco Energy Boat Challenge
Open Sea Class
From the 2nd till the 8th of July, our boat was in the harbour of Monaco. Here we raced in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. The class that we were competing in, is called the Open Sea Class. In this class, green-energy propelled boats are racing at sea. With our hydrogen-powered boat, we raced mainly against electrical boats. The competition consisted of three challenges: The Manoeuvrability Challenge, the Endurance Challenge and the Speed Challenge. We were the overall winner of these three challenges and became the world champions!
During the races, we kept our followers updated with the action on our social media platforms. We shared real-time updates, behind-the-scenes footage, and all the adrenaline-pumping moment If you missed the live action, don’t worry! You can still catch up and relive the excitement by links down below!
The first challenge on July 6 is the manoeuvrability challenge. During the manoevrability challenge the agility of our boat and the skills of our pilot are put to the test. In this challenge, we must complete a challenging course in the least amount of time. The course consists of tight turns, sailing backwards and stopping the boat. The fastest team wins!
The second challenge on July 7 is the endurance challenge, where we must sail as many laps, covering the most distance as possible in 4 hours. In this challenge, we can really show the potential of hydrogen. Hydrogen has a high energy density, and it can be stored under high pressure, which means the fuel contains a lot of energy and needs little space to be stored. With this, we can cover a long distance at sea with hydrogen!
And this is not the only technique we use to win this challenge. We make our boat fly to make it even more efficient. When we fly, the resistance of the boat in the water decreases significantly. Because of this, we use less energy to sail and can cover more distance with the same amount of energy.
The last challenge on July 8 is the speed challenge, where we will cover a course of about 30 kilometres as fast as possible. We start in the harbour of Monaco and sail to the Italian town Ventimiglia. Here we make a turn of 180 degrees and sail back to Monaco. The first to cross the finish line wins!
By making our boat fly during this challenge, it has less resistance in the water and can therefore fly at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. With this speed, we have a great shot at winning this challenge!