Sun-based transatlantic

One of our contributing editors, Eric Forsyth, a winner of the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal and a multiple circumnavigator, has written in the pages of Ocean Navigator about a possible “Green” transatlantic race. The idea of the Green Ocean Race is for the competing sailors to use no fossil fuel energy at all, only that energy they can get from wind, wave and sun. Along those lines comes the departure of a solar-powered Swiss catamaran, called Sun21, that departed Spain on December 3, 2006, for what is billed as a record-breaking project to cross the Atlantic from Spain to New York without using a drop of fuel along the way. The Sun21 vessel eschews sails and uses only a rooflike assembly of solar panels and electric power for propulsion. See more at the Sun21 website.

By Ocean Navigator