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Update from Planetsolar's TÜRANOR

25 November, 2010


The below was received from those on board TÜRANOR and more is available at
http://www.planetsolar.org

Dear Friends,

It's been roughly one month since we left Las Palmas. In the meantime, we
have covered more than 3000 miles (6000 km) across the Atlantic. When we
arrive in Miami, we will have covered 10,000 km of this first solar boat
expedition around the globe.

While the Atlantic crossing started under favourable weather conditions, the
second part was more complicated, mainly because of the tropical storm
"Tomas" passing our route and disturbing the advantageous trade winds we had
before. We, therefore, had to cope with unfavourable winds and less sunshine
than expected. But what an extraordinary feeling to discover this new type
of sailing, while getting nearer to the Pacific Ocean.

During this crossing, we all had a lot of work, with two-man watches
organised into four-hour slots, navigation, boat maintenance, food
preparation and rest periods. Time on board passes by relatively fast.
Technically, the boat is functioning really well, although we've had a few
problems with the desalination system. We'll use our next port of call to
change the defective parts. Something very pleasing is that the "TÜRANOR
PlanetSolar" innovations, our 536 m2 of solar panels, the solar control
technology and our electric propulsion systems are working perfectly.

Our entire onshore team, more than ten people, are now working on the
preparations for our arrival on the American continent. This complex work is
essential to meet the goals of our project. To meet the objective of
"Showing what can be achieved today with renewable energies" requires us to
reach out to a large audience.

If all goes well, we now have several days of inshore sailing ahead of us
before arriving in Miami. An incredible moment to see contours on the
horizon again, to smell the scent of vegetation warmed by the sun. The whole
crew is looking forward to setting foot on land again on a new continent and
to walk on solid ground or eat a decent ice cream.

On Thursday (18 November) morning TÜRANOR PlanetSolar briefly stopped in St.
Marteen to register the fastest Transatlantic crossing of a solar boat yet.
For TÜRANOR, it took 26 days and 19 hours 10 minutes to cover the distance
between Las Palmas and St Marteen.

The previous record was held by Sun21 during 2007 in 29 days, 8 hours 30
minutes.

Until next time
Raphael Domjan and Patrick Marchesseau

Source - Planet Solar

 
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