What to expect from the 10th edition of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge

From Wednesday, Monaco will host the 10th edition of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge: a top-level meeting between professionals and students to advance sustainable yachting.

Kicking off on Wednesday 5th and running until Saturday 8th July, the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge has established itself as a renowned meeting for alternative energy sources to power the maritime industry, bringing engineering students and professionals together to present their latest innovations.

In this landmark 10th edition, organised by Yacht Club de Monaco, 46 teams from 25 nations will participate, including 31 universities for around 50 boats.

“The goal remains to stimulate creativity to design eco-friendly propulsion systems and share the experiences and knowledge acquired,” says Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

The event has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014. With the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, as well as Credit Suisse, BMW and Sbm Offshore, the event involves leading players in the yachting industry, such as shipyards Oceanco, Ferretti, Sanlorenzo, Lürssen, Monaco Marine and Palumbo SY Refit.

More than a race

Actually, the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge started on Thursday 15th June with the first Live Career Day, an online networking session that kickstarted initial contacts between yachting professionals and the upcoming generation of engineers as part of the Job Forum. Its two-pronged objective is to meet a growing demand by students looking for internships and engineering jobs, and meet the expanding needs of the industry.

Recruiters are therefore looking for budding young talent with proven technical abilities. For example, renowned Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo has developed through its subsidiary, Bluegame, a 10m-long hydrogen-powered foiling boat with a maximum speed of 50 knots and a range of 180 nautical miles that will be used for the next America’s Cup.

Also present is Malizia-Seaexplorer, the new IMOCA of Team Malizia founded by the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi, which will be in the Principality for the first time on 4th July, with Pierre Casiraghi on board as well as Boris Herrmann and the whole team, having completed The Ocean Race round the world in stages with crew, a distance of 32,000 nautical miles.

For the full schedule of events, click here.


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By Monaco Life with press release. Photo credit: Studio Borlenghi/ YCM