Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge: The boats will be presented online

There will be no sailing for the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge 2020

The Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge had to adapt to the sanitary context and cancel the water competition. The organisers explain the new programme and the online events offering a technical showcase for energy-efficient boats.

Postponement of the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge sailings

Like many events, particularly in the Principality of Monaco, the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge 2020 is physically postponed to 2021. The competition on the water proved too delicate to organise given the health context and the disruption due to the Coronavirus encountered by the teams during the development of the boats. "We decided to postpone the race to 2021. With the closure of universities during the Covid-19 pandemic, student projects were delayed. Similarly, private projects were disrupted. In addition, it was likely that teams from some countries would not have been able to come, which posed a problem of equity" justifies the organization of the MCSEBC.

Compétition 2019 du Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge
Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge 2019 Competition

Prizes awarded after public online presentations of innovative boats

The teams involved in the ESCBM 2020 will nevertheless be able to present their projects before 2020. To reward the work done, the organisers will award 3 prizes:

  • The Innovation Prize for the best technological improvements, the most visionary and relevant innovations. Its objective is to promote creations that can be adapted to the industrial world and to weigh in the economic balance of the sector.
  • The Eco Conception Prize for the efficiency of the materials and processes used, but also for the scientific contribution and the commitment of the candidates in sharing good practices.
  • The Spirit Prize for competitive spirit and originality.

"The support will take the form of webinars accessible to the public," the organisers said. Registration for these events, which take place from 30 June to 3 July, is available on the MCSEBC website for each of the four sessions. Observers of ecological boat propulsion and fuel consumption reduction will be able to glean interesting information, usually visible at the MSEBC, an event that has become a must since its creation in 2014 under the aegis of the Yacht Club de Monaco.