The smell of success is cascading throughout Monaco after the completion of the inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, world solar boat championship. Three days of thrilling festivities attracted 24 teams from across the globe. The 1st Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup was held in the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The core foundation of racing participants was made up of, international university and college students, who travelled from destinations from as far afield as the USA and Russia.
The futuristic vessels were built by these young engineers who designed them to compete in 1 of 3 classes; A Class, Open Class and V20. These classes went head to head in 3 competitive races; fleet race, slalom and one-on-one sprints, right in front of the Principality, which was watched with great, interest by passers-by and YCM members.
Champions of the event were, Clafis Private Energy Solar Boat Team II, who pulled off a double, taking 1stand 2nd in the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction - the length - 8m or less). Dutch Solar Boat Team stole the show in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels) and, Russian Team, Beluga Powered by Synergy, won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils). Finally the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took 3rd in their Nakhimov Racing V20 boat, driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi, the son of Marco Casiraghi. Marco himself also played an extremely large role in the vision of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014.
The 2014 RS:X European and Youth Championships and Open Trophy was hosted in the beautiful town of Cesme from 30th of June till 5th of July. The popularity and success of the Championship was proved from the number of athletes having competed. 39 nations were represented, with 81 men and 52 women in the senior division and 67 boys and 27 girls in the youth division – for a total of 227 competitors from all 6 continents. The racing series in a whole range of weather conditions was more than enough to determine very deserving Champions.