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Planet Solar Turanor, solar powered catamaran in Venice


The PlanetSolar Turanor, entering Venice harbour in 2014




Following on from the Deepwater expedition in 2013, which traced the Gulf Stream from Rio de Janeiro, to New York, then across the pond to London along the River Thames and then to Paris, we now report on the progress and end of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign. The following is an account of the boat’s most recent activities.



The first week of navigation towards the City of Doges from Kiladah (Greece) is easy, with favourable weather on the Ionian Sea. On the way, a series of landscapes parade by us on both port and starboard, each more beautiful than the last. After a few days, we see Ksamil, the nearest shore of Albania, in the distance. For her last night in Greece, the ship dropped anchor against a turquoise backdrop, in the tourist island of Corfou, and was rocked to sleep one last time by the waters of the beautiful Hellenic Republic.

The next day, in a bittersweet departure, the catamaran and its crew set sail towards the Adriatic Sea, following the coasts of Montenego. Along the way, the ship made brief stops here and there, discovering previously unexplored areas. We had smooth sailing until Croatia, or more specifically, Dubrovnik. The solar-powered boat could not resist the appeal of sailing (too) close to the coast, which drew the attention of Croatian coast guards (you try being discreet aboard the Tûranor!). A few administrative procedures later, and the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was allowed to remain in Croatia’s territorial waters. That will teach our catamaran to stick her prow in everything!

After this detour, the boat headed North and island-hops across Croatia’s coast: Korcular Island, Hvar Island, the Zadar archipelago, Losinj Island… Croatia is stunning. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar zoomed along until it reached the North-west corner of the Croatia, near the town of Umag, and turned west to reach Italy.

The radiant sun gave way to sheets of rain, and the sky took on unbelievable purple tones. The catamaran felt her energy supply growing weaker, and knew it would soon be time to take a break from the oceans during the cold season.



PlanetSolar Turanor, at Venice 2014, a clash of cultures 




Despite the rain, the catamaran reached Venice on time, on September 4th. Under a grey sky, the ship glided across the Italian city’s canals, a trip that was captured by the Souris Verte drone, our multimedia partner. This flying contraption unfortunately met a dramatic end a bit later in one of the city’s canals.

Venice is not only one of the 2014 campaign’s stops, but it will also become the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s home for a while. What better place to spend a winter than Venice, where boats are the main means of transport? This iconic winter stay was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Vento di Venezia company, which has been responsible for the re-qualification of the island of Certosa. Thanks to this organisation, the MS Tûranor will be moored in the island’s marina until May 2015.

Upon arriving, the ship paraded across the Venice canals, and onlookers soon rushed the docks to see this rare sight. The ship then zig-zagged around gondolas, barges, and small motor boats (vaporettos), an exercise which required a certain amount of dexterity. Imagine yourself trying to drive on a motorway at rush-hour with a 100-ton truck, and add the fact that these vehicles can pass you on both the left and the right! After this eventful little trip, the boat moored at the island of Certosa and prepared for the events that will take place aboard in the coming days.




The pulleys, tracks and ropes that operate the deck panels of the PlanetSolar


Because of a stroke of calendar luck, the largest solar-powered boat in the world’s arrival in Venice coincided perfectly with the 71st Venice Mostra (a world-renowned international film festival). No red carpet for the PlanetSolar, which instead had a green one! In fact, the Green Drop Awards took place during the Mostra, a ceremony organised by the international Green Cross organisation, which celebrates films that feature values of ecology and sustainable development. The prize was awarded to Andrej Končalovskij for his film “The Postman’s White Nights”, inside the solar-powered catamaran’s crowded centre. The next day, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is involved in a very different kind of business, as guest of honour at the Regata Storica, an annual event that showcases the art of rowboats. Seeing these splendid, historical and typically Venetian vessels in the shadow of the solar-powered mammoth was quite an experience. Some of them are true works of art!

A few weeks later, the boat once again became an ambassador for renewable energy, and made a memorable entrance in the armoury of the City of Doges. As you can see in the photos below, the entrance was a tight fit, and made the crew more than a bit nervous (same goes for our office, when they saw the photos!).

Currently, the boat is docked at the island of Certosa. She will stay there until May 2015, the start of summer and of her 2015 expeditions. This winter will be enlivened by visits and private events organised in collaboration with Vento di Venezia. After more than 9,000 kilometres at sea, the boat and her crew deserve some rest, but only to be all the more fit for 2015. When the time comes, we will make sure to share more information with you about our next solar-powered adventures.

To conclude this Venetian episode, here is our last video of 2014, which shows the events that took place in Venice, and is sure to be a feast for the eyes!





After six months of intense solar-powered navigation, it is now time for the Breton crew members to recharge their batteries. Throughout the course of this 2014 campaign, the sailors were not only able to meet the goals of solar navigation, but also to actively participate in the promotion of the ship and her activities. More than 4,000 people crowded the ship’s hull during these past few months! The crew never stopped making sure that these visits took place safely, as well as answered curious visitors’ many questions. Gérard d’Aboville and his crew also watched over the arrival of several celebrities, authorities, and media presences aboard, and served the scientists well during the scientific research carried out in Greece. We would like to thank the crew once again, and to wish them a good trip home.

Rest assured, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has not been completely abandoned… in fact, the crew leaving for the winter coincides with the arrival of a new member of the PlanetSolar team: Giulia Seno. This Italian skipper will make sure everything goes well aboard from a technical point of view (checking the moorings, the alarms etc.) and greet guests during organised tours throughout the winter. Welcome to the team!


The Gulf Stream expedition Atlantic route 2014


The PlanetSolar Turanor, Gulf Stream expedition 2013




During her holiday in Venice until May, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is open to the public, and will also become an events platform for companies, institutions, and even private guests. Having often been a victim of her own success during short stops throughout these campaigns, this winter in the City of Doges is an opportunity to take advantage of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s impressive dimensions and to discover the interior of this unique ship. Want to float along the Venetian lagoon on a cruise, enjoy a cocktail with a view of 512m2 of solar panels, or come aboard for Venice’s carnival? It is all possible. 







Un nouveau propriétaire pour le MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

L’hivernage du MS Tûranor PlanetSolar à Venise a aussi été l’occasion d’annoncer un tournant dans l’histoire du bateau solaire. La famille Stroeher, actuelle propriétaire du catamaran, passionnée par l’énérgie solaire et qui a œuvré dans en coulisse depuis le début du projet souhaite à présent se retirer et transmettre cet outil multifonctionnel.

L’objectif était, d’une part, de conceptualiser une idée qui prouverait l’efficience des technologies solaires et en aiderait la croissance et la promotion, et d’autre part, il s’agissait de démontrer qu’au-delà d’une prouesse technologique, le navire pouvait être utilisé à des fins concrètes et utiles » raconte Immo Stroeher, patriarche de la famille. L’engagement financier et l’important investissement personnel réalisé par l’homme d’affaires, a permis à PlanetSolar d’aller bien au-delà d’un tour du monde et de créer une entreprise durable capable aujourd’hui d’exploiter le navire à des fins concrètes.

Le MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, détenteur de 6 Guinness World RecordsTM a non seulement réalisé le tout premier tour du monde à l’énergie solaire mais a également accompli avec succès, en 2013 et 2014, deux missions scientifiques uniques ponctuées par de prestigieuses escales durant lesquelles d’innombrables visiteurs ont pu découvrir les entrailles du navire! Nous sommes aujourd’hui, très fiers de constater qu'après le succès du tour du monde, PlanetSolar a parfaitement réussi sa reconversion et navigue désormais à des fins scientifiques tout en étant exploité en tant que puissant outil de communication grâce à l’engouement qu’il génère lors de chaque escale. Nos attentes ont été largement surpassées et il est temps pour nous de nous retirer pour transmettre ce navire unique à un nouveau propriétaire» conclut Immo Stroeher.




La più grande barca solare mai costruita al mondo sceglie la città lagunare e l’isola della Cerosa, dove restare ormeggiata fino a maggio 2015.

E’ entrata a Venezia la barca che ha completato il giro del mondo usando solo l’energia del sole. Ha toccato ben 28 paesi promuovendo l’utilizzo dell’energia solare, dimostrando affidabilità ed efficacia. Il 27 settembre 2010, la barca solare lasciava il porto di Monaco dove è ritornata dopo 584 giorni più tardi, battendo tutti i record e completando la sfida della circumnavigazione del globo. Successivamente la Ms Turanor è stata utilizzata per scopi scientifici, e in particolare modo per analizzare i processi nell’interfaccia oceano-atmosfera della corrente del Golfo, coinvolta nella regolazione del clima terrestre. In quest’anno invece si è avviata una spedizione greco-svizzera denominata “TerraSubmersa” che esplora i paesaggi preisorici sommersi dalle acque del Golfo di Argo, al fine di ricostruire i paesaggi sottomarini della preistoria.









H.S.H. Prince Albert II


H.S.H Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Marquis des Baux, was born on March 14, 1958. His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand, (May 31, 1923 - April 6, 2005) and Princess Grace, née Kelly, (Philadelphia (U.S.A.) November 12, 1929 - Monaco, September 14, 1982). On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, H.S.H. Prince Albert II succeeded his Father, Prince Rainier III. On July 12, 2005, at the conclusion of the official mourning period, the Prince’s accession was celebrated. H.S.H. Prince Albert had been assisting his Father in state affairs since 1984. 


In June 2006, H.S.H Prince Albert II created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, dedicated to protecting the environment. It promotes the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources, and places mankind at the heart of its projects. It supports the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three key areas: climate change, biodiversity, and water management. In January 2009, H.S.R. Prince Albert II embarked on a three-week scientific journey in Antarctica. This trip followed two previous expeditions undertaken in 2005 (Spitzberg) and in 2006, when H.S.H reached the North Pole in a sled after walking for several days. In October 2009, H.S.H. Prince Albert II was successively awarded the Teddy Roosevelt Medal at the United States Congress, and the Roger Revelle Prize at the University of California, San Diego. These two decorations were bestowed upon him for his actions toward environmental protection.


"Given the progress she has made possible to achieve in the use of solar energy, the PlanetSolar adventure is a significant time, and I am happy that the Principality of Monaco and my Foundation were associated with it in 2012. Everything that fosters the development of a new energy model must be supported, because it is an invitation to imagine new solutions, to overcome habits, and above all, to deny the limits of possibility."




Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson Begley


Actors, environmentalists and America's Greenest Couple. Ed Begley Jr. is a six-time Emmy nominated actor who has been embracing solar energy, electric vehicles and championing environmental causes for decades. Ed serves on the Board of Governors for the Motion Picture Academy and is an environmental leader in the Hollywood community who regularly shows up at Hollywood events on his bicycle and in electric vehicles. 


Ed has served as Chairman of the Environmental Media Association and currently serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition for Clean Air, the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and the advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ed has authored several books on sustainable living and has received awards from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute and many others. Actress Rachelle Carson Begley is the other half of America's Greenest Couple and is one of the most recognized women in America’s green community. She was practically born to be an environmentalist, having been named after Rachel Carson, author of the book “Silent Spring” and mother of America's modern-day environmental movement. Rachelle is known as the hilarious “reluctant environmentalist” on the Begley's hit TV show "Living with Ed”, but behind the scenes she is a highly sought after environmental speaker who serves on the boards of Green Wish and Green America. Rachelle is listed as one of the top modern-day women eco-heroes in Glamour Magazine and is known for her philanthropy and support of nonprofits. Rachelle is an outspoken advocate for health and wellness and can regularly be seen on the pages and covers of green magazines geared towards women.


"I know that solar works, since it’s been powering my house and charging my car since 1990. We strongly support Planet Solar on their mission to demonstrate that solar can literally… circle the globe"




Chuck Leavell


Chuck Leavell is one of the most sought after and admired keyboardists of our times. He has recorded and/or toured with The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, John Mayer and many more artists. He has been the keyboard player for The Rolling Stones for over 30 years and is also a solo artist in his own right. Chuck is also a revered environmentalist and has authored several books on forestry and environmental issues. He is co-founder of The Mother Nature Network, which is the most visited independent environmental site in the world. Visit: for more information.


"I congratulate PlanetSolar on the incredible success of their around the world trip of the MS Turanor PlanetSolar boat, powered only by the rays of the sun. This is a milestone accomplishment for clean, green energy and will no doubt help bring to the attention of the masses the progress and improvements made in the solar power arena. It is inevitable that we move from finite sources of energy into the infinite sources, and the work of PlanetSolar will certainly help get us there. Well done and keep up the wonderful work!"






Yello is a Swiss band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank which has been internationally known for 30 years already. They successfully managed their way to the top of the music charts in the entire world thanks to their hit « Oh Yeah ». After revolutionising electronic music through innovative sounds and futurist melodies, Yello has rocked a generation with more than 20 studio albums. The mythical band of the 80's is now coming back on stage as godfather and official composer of the PlanetSolar soundtrack. Partnership promoting sustainable mobility Willing to get involved in favour of a vision with alternative energy, Dieter Meier and Boris Blank are joining the solar adventure in order to pass on their message to the whole world.


"Music is an excellent tool for delivering a positive message. We share PlanetSolar values and spirit; hence, it comes as very normal to us to join this project that is part of a sustainable approach"




Jean-Luc Van Den Heede


Navigator and holder of the record for solo non-stop westward circumnavigation by sailing boat. Ten Cape Horn passages and four round-the-world sailing trips, two of them in the Vendée Globe race.


"To help safeguard the future of our planet, man should use alternative energies more and more because it’s obvious that, one day, fossil fuel shortages will compel the world to use them. We have two free energy sources that we must take advantage of now: the wind and the sun. Based on my five solo round-the-world trips – one of which was against the winds and dominant currents and was powered solely by wind – it seems quite logical to me to support a solar-powered round-the-world voyage. This technological adventure should have great appeal to all those who take care of our planet. I hope that PlanetSolar will find the necessary partners so they can successfully travel the Vendée Globe route, while setting an unprecedented time record. Be sure to join me in supporting this ambitious project!"




Jean-Loup Chrétien

Former CNES Astronaut


"Un très beau projet, qui rassemble les technologies les plus avancées sous le pont d’une réalisation futuriste, fruit de l’imagination et de l’inspiration d’une équipe en route vers les transports de l’avenir. Un avenir propre et résolument décidé à entretenir nos activités souvent débridées, en empruntant cette fois les forces de la Nature.Bouger encore plus en polluant encore moins, faire du Soleil la chaudière de nos nouvelles machines."




Dr Jean-Louis Etienne


He has taken part in countless expeditions all over the world. After taking part in round-the-world racing as a crew member for Éric Tabarly on Pen Duick VI in the 1970s, he made a name for himself with his scientific expeditions, attracting media coverage that did a great deal to raise awareness about environmental knowledge, research and protection. After being made an Officer of the Légion d’honneur in 2006, Jean-Louis Étienne became the director of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2007.


"I wish you all the best with this technical and sporting maritime adventure,” he writes, “which opens up the way for a new era in navigation with the first round-the-world trip using solar energy. What a challenge! We’re counting on you."




André Schneider


CEO and chairman, André Schneider Global Advisory Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. André Schneider, after having been a professional musician in major classical orchestras, developed his first experiences when IBM decided to go into services and asked him to create an IT consulting practice in Geneva, working throughout Europe; he then expanded his experience joining the World Economic Forum and was instrumental during his 12 years in creating the world’s leading global multi-stakeholder platform and finally globalizing this concept by expanding it around the world, with special emphasis on China and the Middle East.


"The development of renewable energies is crucial for a sustainable future for us all. But it is important that we understand that this is not a zero sum game but a new vision for our future to be created. PlanetSolar is one of these great projects that show us this vision and the need for new explorers in this field. Let us learn from the PlanetSolar team's spirit to inspire us all to help build this new sustainable future."




Jacques Rougerie


Architecte visionnaire né en 1945 d’une mère professeur de mathématique et d’un père biogéographe, compagnon de Théodore Monod, Jacques Rougerie a vécu jusqu’à 11 ans en Afrique, en Côte d’Ivoire. Il entre aux Beaux-Arts en 1964 dans l’ex atelier Auguste Perret dirigé par Paul Maymont. Passionné par l’aventure de Cousteau qui rayonne depuis Monaco et celle des premières maisons sous-marines, il entreprend un cycle d’études à l’Institut Océanographique de Paris en 1970 en même temps qu’il intègre l’Université d’Urbanisme de Vincennes ainsi que l’Ecole des Arts et Métiers sous la direction de Jean Prouvé. Il a fondé en 1993 l’Association Espace-Mer avec son ami l’astronaute Jean-Loup Chrétien. SAS le Prince Albert II l’a nommé parmi les Champions de la Monaco Blue Initiative.




Jason Lewis


Completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the earth from 1994 to 2007. He crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a high-tech pedalo, traversed North America on rollerblades, cycled and walked across India and the Himalayas, etc.


"Every example that illustrates just how quickly humanity burns up its own resources – i.e. those of the earth – should be welcomed. PlanetSolar, in particular, demonstrates what man can do when he uses his imagination and enthusiasm, and questions his own priorities. The originators of this project show that the impossible is possible, and that our perceptions of the impossible are just a temporary illusion, laid bare by the visionaries of the future. I applaud their initiative with all my heart"




Jean-Louis Aucouturier


Professor Emeritus at the ENSEIRB Graduate Engineering School within Bordeaux Science and Technology University and President-Founder of the French electric boat association (AFBE).


"I believe that solar energy represents the future. It could lead to better conservation of the planet. Therefore, the PlanetSolar project will be an excellent demonstration to the general public; they can become fully aware of this earth-friendly reality.”




Layne Beachley


Seven-time ASP Women's World Champion. Layne Beachley is the most successful female surfer of all time. Holding the greatest number of consecutive world titles - male or female and pioneering commercial opportunities for women in the sport of surfing. Now athlete to entrepreneur, Layne Beachley is one of Australia’s greatest icons. Her mission is to share the experiences that made her a champion, provide opportunities for young women in sport and inspire others to follow their dreams and reach their personal best.


"The time to act is now. There is no longer any excuse to plead Ignorance, a lack of education, infrastructure or resources. Our Oceans are rising, our marine life is dying, species are being wiped out and the weather patterns are becoming more extreme. Regardless of your beliefs surrounding climate change, there is no denying the fact that human existence is affecting the planet in a negative way. Fortunately this is reversible and PlanetSolar is making an indelible impact through action, passion, initiative and innovation. We do have the knowledge and technology to change, all you have to do is make the choice to preserve the future of this planet. Don't destroy what you came enjoy."





The PlanetSolar cruising along a narrow inlet





Venice (Latin: Venetiae; Slovene: Benetke) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.

Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. In 2009, there were 270,098 people residing in Venice's comune (the population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 60,000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazioni (roughly equivalent to "parishes" or "wards" in other countries) of Mestre and Marghera; 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 1,600,000. PATREVE is only a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city historically was the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals". Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities.

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.





Subsidence, the gradual lowering of the surface of Venice, leads to the seasonal phenomena of Acqua alta where much of the city's surface is covered in high water.

The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wooden piles. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The foundations rest on the piles, and buildings of brick or stone sit above these footings. The piles penetrate a softer layer of sand and mud until they reach a much harder layer of compressed clay.

Submerged by water, in oxygen-poor conditions, wood does not decay as rapidly as on the surface.

Most of these piles were made from trunks of alder trees, a wood noted for its water resistance. The alder came from the westernmost part of today's Slovenia (resulting in the barren land of the Kras region), in two regions of Croatia, Lika and Gorski kotar (resulting in the barren slopes of Velebit) and south of Montenegro. Leonid Grigoriev has stated that Russian larch was imported to build some of Venice's foundations. Larch is also used in the production of Venice turpentine.

Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges. In the old centre, the canals serve the function of roads, and almost every form of transport is on water or on foot. In the 19th century, a causeway to the mainland brought the Venezia Santa Lucia railway station to Venice, and the Ponte della Libertà road causeway and parking facilities (in Tronchetto island and in piazzale Roma) were built during the 20th century. Beyond the road and rail land entrances at the northern edge of the city, transportation within the city remains (as it was in centuries past) entirely on water or on foot. Venice is Europe's largest urban car-free area. Venice is unique in Europe, in having remained a sizable functioning city in the 21st century entirely without motorcars or trucks.

The classical Venetian boat is the gondola, (plural: gondole) although it is now mostly used for tourists, or for weddings, funerals, or other ceremonies, or as 'traghetti' (sing.: traghetto) to cross the Canale Grande in the absence of a nearby bridge. Many gondolas are lushly appointed with crushed velvet seats and Persian rugs.


Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day (2007 estimate). In 2006, it was the world's 28th most internationally visited city, with 2.927 million international arrivals that year. It is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Tourism has been a major sector of Venetian industry since the 18th century, when it was a major center for the Grand Tour, with its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness, and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage. In the 19th century, it became a fashionable centre for the rich and famous, often staying or dining at luxury establishments such as the Danieli Hotel and the Caffè Florian. It continued being a fashionable city in vogue right into the early 20th century. In the 1980s, the Carnival of Venice was revived and the city has become a major centre of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, which attract visitors from all over the world for their theatrical, cultural, cinematic, artistic, and musical productions.

Today, there are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco. The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities, and mainly people in the cinematic industry. The city also relies heavily on the cruise business.

However, Venice's popularity as a major worldwide tourist destination has caused several problems, including the fact that the city can be very overcrowded at some points of the year. It is regarded by some as a tourist trap, and by others as a "living museum". Unlike most other places in Western Europe, and the world, Venice has become widely known for its element of elegant decay. The competition for foreigners to buy homes in Venice has made prices rise so high that numerous inhabitants are forced to move to more affordable areas of Veneto and Italy, the most notable being Mestre.




The PlanetSolar in Venice 9th October 2014, Grand Canal






The latest British 'Bluefish' world record contender is somewhat longer at 40 meters (130 ft) and 16.2 meters (52.65 ft) wide in the water. The patent Bluefish/SNAV platform also has more than twice the power to weight ratio of Planetsolar and an anticipated average speed of 7-8 knots, with a top speed of 18 knots. That will make the Bluefish platform the largest and the fastest solar boat in the world, once it is built. 







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