Alex Thomson will go to the Vendee Globe in a “solar” IMOCA 60

British yachtsman Alex Thomson (Alex Thomson) announced the beginning of the development together with Oceanvolt new “green” Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 racing in the circumnavigation of single Vendée Globe in 2020-2021 years.

Thomson intends not just to participate in the regatta on the boat on solar energy and win it.

The statement was published on the official website of the athlete. It is planned that the new motor yacht will be powered only by solar panels that install on the deck.

Although in the history of the Vendée Globe have already been environmentally friendly of the court parties, none of their skippers not previously set a goal to win the race.

“It is believed that the introduction of technology that meets the goals of sustainable human development, reduces productivity, but we do not believe that it should be in our sport — said Thomson. On the contrary, we think that “green” technologies able to give certain advantages. And such a prospect inspires our team.”

The main task of the authors of the project will be ensuring the safety of travel on the new boat even in the conditions of the southern oceanwhere direct sunlight is limited. The ship is expected to develop so that the batteries were always able to provide it with enough energy.

“The battery is the real heart of the boat. Her power is critical to communication systems, and navigation on-Board Watermaker and autopilot. If the heart stops beating, the yacht stops,” explains the technical Director of the team of Thomson and Ross Daniel (Daniel Ross).

Data specialists Oceanvolt will receive field-tested yachts, the company uses for the further development of the line of motors under this brand. Thompson could become the first English winner of the regatta, which win only the French. During the last Vendee Globe in 2017, he came in second in 2013, third.

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