The Cité de la Voile is currently hosting the largest solar catamaran ever built, the Race for Water solar boat. Our tour guides invite you aboard for a guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays in August.
On Saturdays and Sundays in August, you have the chance, as part of the tour of the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly and of the “Brèves de pontons” activities, to board the ship. With tour guides, you will discover the characteristics of this solar catamaran which is currently in preparation for expeditions to fight against plastic pollution in the oceans. During the tour, we will bring you to backstage areas: the wheelhouse, the kitchen, the captain's cabin, the square (inside lounge), the marina and the sun deck.
Visiting hours "Brèves de pontons”: Saturdays and Sundays in August at 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5:30 pm (duration 25 min). Included in the ticket of the Cité de la Voile. Limited number of places available, subscriptions at the information desk.
About the Race for Water solar boat
This ship is the largest catamaran in the world powered by solar energy. On May 4, 2012, after 584 days of sailing, he completed in Monaco the first world tour exclusively driven by solar energy, under the name of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar. Following this unprecedented achievement, work is carried out in 2013 to give the catamaran a second life as a scientific and educational platform.
In 2013 and 2014, the PlanetSolar DeepWater (study of the Gulf Stream) and PlanetSolar TerraSubmersa (exploration of submerged prehistoric landscapes in the Gulf of Nafplion) scientific campaigns are launched in collaboration with the University of Geneva.
In April 2015, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is offered to the Race for Water Foundation, a charity which aims to preserve water. She is then renamed Race for Water solar boat and her role is redefined around new missions focusing on the issue of marine litter. The ship is currently undergoing transformations to be operational for her future missions.
The ship’s scientific campaigns
In 2013, the largest solar catamaran ever built crossed the Atlantic for the second time within the context of the PlanetSolar DeepWater scientific campaign. Led in collaboration with the University of Geneva, this expedition aimed to explore oceanic processes interacting with the atmosphere by taking measurements in air and water on more than 8000 km along the Gulf Stream.
Following this successful campaign, the ship moored for the first time at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient during the winter before “setting sail” again for a new campaign.
In 2014, the catamaran travelled 9000 kilometers and stopped in 8 cities to promote solar energy. The highlight of this 2014 campaign was the PlanetSolar TerraSubmersa scientific expedition. Initiated by the University of Geneva, this archeological mission aimed to study the submerged prehistorical landscapes in the Bay of Kiladha. Thanks to her spacious living space, full energetic autonomy as well as her low draught, the ship has been a perfect platform for the scientists.
Since then, the ship has reached Venice end of 2014 for her wintering and then sailed towards the Cité de la Voile, where she arrived in July 2015. The catamaran will be docked in Lorient until the end of September. Several transformation works will be operated in order to prepare the ship for her next expeditions with the Race for Water Foundation. This charity is dedicated to fighting against plastic pollution in the oceans and is currently conducting a scientific expedition to assess marine litter in all of the oceans – the Race for Water Odyssey. The conclusions reached will allow the Foundation to launch campaigns to fight against this plague and to better manage plastics end-of-life. Race for Water solar boat’s key role will be used to present on board plastic waste upcycling solution demonstrators. What is more, she will continue playing her role of scientific and pedagogical platform with full energetic autonomy.
More information about the future adventures of the Race for Water solar boat focusing on marine litter here.