By: Eric Althaus
May 3rd, 2021

As the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge is approaching, 35 teams have already been confirmed. This event will take place from July 6 – 10 at the Yacht Club de Monaco and organised in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the International Power-boating Federation.

This five-day event mainly focuses on the theme of sustainability and will see students and yachting industry professionals continue to develop environmentally-friendly propulsion systems across three different classes: the Energy Class, Solar Class and Open Sea Class.

In the Energy Class, a total of 17 classes coming from 12 different countries including Italy, France and Portugal will compete to design a propulsion system using a renewable energy source of their choice. However, all teams are restricted to using the same quantity of energy and the same catamaran hull.

The Solar Class meanwhile focuses on boats powered entirely by solar energy, with 15 teams coming from all over Europe. The Solar Class will include one-on-one races, a slalom course and endurance races, all of which are designed to test the teams to their limits.

Last but not least, the Open Sea class, previously called the Offshore Class and open mainly to vessels already on the market. This Class will challenge the yacht’s autonomy during a 16 nautical mile race from Monaco to Ventimiglia in Italy, an endurance course and a manoeuvrability challenge.

Up to now, six teams, including last year’s Eco Conception Prize winner SBM Offshore E-Racing, have already confirmed they will use hydrogen as the primary power source for their eco-friendly projects.


Eric Althaus