Hydrogen powered 60ft sailboat to race in 2012 Vendée Globe

Mon Oct 17 2011, 14:11 PM

Eco-friendly design built in New Zealand by Owen Clarke Design

Scheduled to race in next year’s Vendée Globe, the IMOCA 60 Acciona, skippered by Javier Sanso, is an 18m (60ft) sailboat featuring 100 per cent eco-friendly navigation.

Built in New Zealand and designed by engineer Owen Clarke, the IMOCA 60 Acciona has replaced the diesel engine that generates electricity for electronic equipment, and allows navigation at reduced speed, for a hydrogen battery, a set of solar panels and several wind generators.

The new design also stands out due to the position of the mast, which has been placed astern to gain speed with downwind.

Moored at the Club de Mar, in Mallorca, Spain, since last Friday, the IMOCA 60 Acciona is to be officially launched at the Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Sustainability (Global Ecoforum 2011) to be held in Barcelona on 25-26 October.

The International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) is an international association managing the monohull class of sailboats. The association is responsible for defining and updating the class rules for Open-class boats, and has the additional aims of co-ordinating events involving Open boats, and promoting their use.