A great start for Andrea Fantini and Alberto Bona’s Class 40, the team that will cross the ocean using our green energy.
It all started at 1:35 pm on 5 November, 37 Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 crews set off on the transatlantic race, which is held every two years and always features famous international sailing names. The route crosses 4,350 miles of open sea, from Le Havre, in France, to Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. This is the toughest and longest of all the transatlantic races, which presents skippers with a wide variety of weather conditions, from the cold fronts of the Channel to the equatorial Alisei.
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This year, there are five Italian sailors engaged in the feat. We are competing with Alberto Bona and Andrea Fantini on the Class 40 Enel Green Power.
The Andrea Fantini Racing team, besides flying our colors into a world that traditionally speaks almost exclusively French, joins Alberto, an ambassador of sustainability and clean energy: thanks to our technological partnership, their Class 40 is 100% eco-power.
The boat they are competing with is unique: equipped with solar panels, a hydrogenerator, a high efficiency battery pack, and a system that automatically sends data on energy production and consumption, analyzed and studied to fine-tune it in the future for the configuration of a mini-grid.
It's a collaboration that will extend to 2018 when we will work to make the Class 40 completely electric.
The other Italian sailors in the race are Massimo Juris and Pietro Luciani on the Class 40 Colombre XL, and Giancarlo Pedote in partnership with French Fabrice Amedeo on the IMOCA 60 NewrestBrioche Pasquier. In total, there are 40 participating boats: 16 Class 40s, 6 Multi 50s, 13 IMOCA 60s and three Ultimate.
The route out of the English Channel is now strong, with wind from the Northwest at 20-25 knots, and with waves that have reached two metres in height. It is not a simple start for all race crews, with the goals of pacing the rhythm of the race and above all preserving the boat in one of the most delicate stages of the race. A very hard start, where it is imperative to save energy and manage it wisely. And our team is definitely benefiting.
We will continue to follow this adventurous crossing with constant updates through our media channels.
Watch the race in real time and follow our on-board diary: there will be surprises!