Some of the most complex problems we face often have the simplest answers. If we look around us, and if we take the time.
The sail boat Nazca is our research and outreach project, a constantly evolving ambition to sail with a leave no trace policy, powered only by nature, sharing her achievements and asking even more questions. She is a 1984 Contessa 34 offshore one design, fully electric, and prepared for expedition sailing, combining engineering, marine science and adventure.
Since we launched her back in March 2021, we've sailed thousands of miles with no diesel support, we rarely plug in to shore power, she is self sustaining, entirely managed by natural resources, using only regeneration under sail from the advanced Servoprop electric motor, and the solar on the deck and stern, achieving a synergy with the available natural resources.
Campaigns in planning are demonstrations throughout the South West, Wales and Ireland. Production and use onboard of green Hydrogen, film crew support in the Isles of Scilly, and preparation for the Category 1 Ocean Race to the Azores and back.
The current method for range extension with an electric boat is a diesel generator. But diesel, even a more efficient installation is not our future. and neither is Lithium a complete solution.
It is actually very simple; wind and solar power, active prop regeneration, energy stored in green Hydrogen as a battery, generated from only renewable energy. working 100% in synergy with nature.
There is work to do, and it must be green, we know it works, it's now only a case of refinement, and commitment at industry level to make the technology accessible for all.
The 2023 AZAB (Azores and Back) - Category 1 ocean yacht race
The AZAB (Azores and Back) is a Category 1 ocean yacht race with each of the two legs being 1,170 nautical miles even if the rhumb line can be sailed!
At it stands we are the only 100% electric yacht entered, no back up, powered only by nature, no biocides, we leave no trace.
The race will leave Falmouth on the 3rd June 2023 for Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island, one of the nine Azores Archipelago Islands that lie in the Eastern Atlantic. Following a rest, replenishing and several parties they will depart on 20th June to race back to Falmouth.
Falmouth has long been a venue for international and national championship events and hosting them has been an important part of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club activities since the 1950s. The AZAB has been organised by RCYC every fourth year since the first race in 1975.
You can learn more about the race here
The necessary preparation and equipment needed to compete in this race is part of the commercial coding process for Nazca to offer commercial services for marine science, research and experiences.
With continued support we can help set a precedent for a zero emission boating future across the industry, and further increase ocean literacy for all who follow.
Wayne is an experienced yachtsman, having sailed 1000's miles mostly singled handed, and completely diesel free. He is an ambassador for the RYA's Green Blue campaign, an Advocate for the Ocean Conservation Trust, an Agent for Oceanvolt, and founded the yacht modernisation service Sail Electric.