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Mission Accomplished for Andrea Fantini, Bringing EGP’s Sustainability to the Défi Atlantique

An amazing outcome in the Défi Atlantique for Andrea Fantini and his team at the helm of the Class 40, the 100% eco-power boat with innovative and sustainable solutions developed by EGP.

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The Class 40 Enel Green Power has crossed the finish line of the Défi Atlantique!

After completing the Route du Rhum, Andrea Fantini was back at sea on 23 March for the Défi Atlantique, often called the “return transat”, the return regatta, because it brings most of the Class 40s that participated in the transatlantic race back to Europe.

This time, the skipper from Ferrara wasn’t alone. In this new “challenge” on board the Enel Green Power Class 40, he was joined by Tommaso StellaAlberto Riva and a new entry, Luca Del Zozzo.

At this time of year, the Défi Atlantique is one of the most difficult routes, due to uncertain weather conditions. About 3,500 miles total, split into two stages, like two half-crossings, with a first one of about 2,200 miles from Guadalupe to the Azores and a second, 1,300 miles, to the final destination of La Rochelle.

In the first and second stage, the sustainability crew took fourth and fifth place respectively. An amazing outcome made possible by the strength of the sun and wind and Enel Green Power’s innovations.

 

Two Stages, One Regatta

"Surprising". That’s how the experts described the performance of Andrea Fantini and the Enel Green Power Class 40 during the first stage of the Défi Atlantique, the regatta that links Guadeloupe to Horta, in the archipelago of the Azores.

Andrea and his crew arrived in the Portuguese city during the night of 3 April in fourth place, following a first regatta stage on the offensive, thanks to a particularly effective strategy.

The stop in Horta, which splits the journey in two, allowed the boats and crews to take stock of the situation, fix any technical problems and, most of all, rest up before facing the second part of the regatta, marked by the difficulty of the Gulf of Gascony, where waves can reach up to 11 meters high at maximum intensity.

 

“We are very happy! All of our sailing and route choices and were good, with the correct timing, and I’m very happy because I’m the one that launched this long-standing project.”

– Andrea Fantini, Skipper of the Enel Green Power Class 40

 

On 8 April, the second and final stage of the regatta Défi Atlantique began: 1,300 miles from Horta to the final destination of La Rochelle.

In this race, marked by high winds, the Enel Green Power Class 40 and its crew showed they could keep the pace even with more modern Class 40s.

 

“These days, the level in the Class40 category is very high. There are experienced skippers, used to going strong always, no matter what. It’s a sign that here, too, they’re not kidding around and that the Defi Atlantique is a real regatta.”

– Andrea Fantini, Skipper of the Enel Green Power Class 40

 

The Boat of Sustainability

The Enel Green Power Class 40, in addition to being 100% eco-power, is also an open-air energy laboratory where Enel Green Power can test new marine generation technologies and get valuable information for the improvement of existing ones.

As Innovation Partner of the Andrea Fantini Racing team, Enel Green Power equipped the Class 40 with a mini-grid, which combines energy produced by solar panels, a wind turbine and a hydrogenerator with an energy storage system.

On board, we also installed a monitoring system that can send energy consumption and production data to land in real time, to allow EGP technicians to study and apply the most fitting solutions.

On the Enel Green Power Class 40, the history of sailing and innovation are combined in a brand new configuration that, with Andrea Fantini’s amazing achievement in the Défi Atlantique, confirms that there is a way to experience sailing while fully respecting the well-being of the ocean.

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