After a few days of forced delay due to bad weather, Andrea Fantini set off again at the helm of the Enel Green Power Class 40 to continue his Route du Rhum 2018. An athletic challenge in which technology, innovation and sustainability combine in an original partnership in the style of EGP.
Andrea Fantini and the Enel Green Power Class 40 have set off again in the Route du Rhum 2018.
Following a storm that forced them to take shelter in Lorient, France for a few days, on Sunday 11 November, Andrea and the Enel Green Power Class 40 took to the seas again, headed for Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, the destination of the historic transatlantic regatta.
Now, Andrea and the Enel Green Power Class 40’s strategy is to head South and quickly leave behind another disturbance coming in the North Atlantic. Together with Andrea, the other boats in the Class 40 category are taking to the seas again and a group restart is coming together, a sort of “regatta within a regatta”.
Andrea’s decision to stop in Lorient came on 6 November, after winds over 90 km/h and six-meter-high waves put the fleet of navigators under strain, with a trimaran capsized off the Azores, two boats dismasted and one almost sunk.
Together with Andrea, the other 20 sailors in the category opted for the pit-stop, choosing ports in Spain, Portugal and France.
The fortieth anniversary edition of the Route du Rhum departed on 4 November from Saint-Malo, in France, for a journey of almost 6,600 km toward Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. The journey is a technological and athletic challenge and that, for EGP, is also marked by sustainability and innovation.
With the Enel Green Power Class 40, Innovation Takes to the Sea
The only Italian to compete in the Class 40 category of the Route du Rhum 2018, Andrea Fantini is at the helm of the Enel Green Power Class 40, a one-of-a-kind sailboat.
As the Innovation Partner of the Andrea Fantini team, in fact, EGP made the Class 40 a 100% eco-power boat, thanks to the inclusion of a mini-grid, which integrates energy produced by solar panels, a wind turbine and a hydro-generator with a storage system.
On board, there is also a monitoring system that sends energy production and consumption data to land, in real time, to allow technicians to find and apply the best solutions.
And that’s not all, because the Enel Green Power Class 40 is also a floating energy laboratory, where we can test new marine generation technologies and obtain valuable information to perfect existing ones. All in the name of sustainability and innovation.
On the Enel Green Power Class 40, environmental sustainability and innovation come together, creating a new energy that allows Andrea Fantini to compete even in the most difficult situations, thanks to EGP’s technological solutions.
You can put yourself to the test by trying out the e-game “Virtual Regatta”, choosing a category and trying your hand with a virtual boat, even Enel Green Power’s Class 40. You’ll have to pay attention, because the weather conditions are real, you compete in real time and your opponents are both other online players, and the skipper actually in the race, with their positions, routes and speeds updated constantly.
Have fun, and keep following the adventures of the first 100% eco-power boat!