Wayne founded The North Devon Marine project in 2019, cumulating over 15 years in remote island energy design with deployments around the world. After an experience with the remarkable Emily Penn where he helped prepare her 72ft research yacht for eXXpedition, the world circumnavigation to study ocean plastic, there was a profound calling to do more for the ocean, and combine a love of sailing with sustainable development.
Wayne is a respected marine and renewable energy design engineer, and with long standing affiliations with some of the leading developers of new generation technologies around the world. He contributes to 1% to the planet, and is an Agent for the award winning Oceanvolt electric motor technology, he also founded the yacht modernisation service Sail Electric. He act as an ambassador for the Royal Yachting Association's Green Blue campaign and the Ocean Conservation Trust. He has sailed since a young boy, from dinghies to square riggers, now sailing the 100% electric yacht "Nazca" our Contessa 34 Offshore.
"The project is designed to be a platform for adventure, education and science, seeking a greater understanding of the impact we have on the ocean, and its impact on us. We explore the limits of our technical achievements to find out how to travel at sea utilising only renewable energy sources with absolutely no impact to the marine environment, and we share that insight through adventure and experience. It is critical to be inspired about renewable energy, science, nature, and the beauty of the ocean, as this will influence our decision making back on land"
Providing insight and discussion to industry and academia, a key event for us is the AZAB race with Nazca, a Category 1 Ocean race of some 2340 miles. This will be achieved entirely fossil fuel free, and with no impact to marine life. A campaign to increase ocean literacy, to race for our ocean.
Empowering sustainable growth means continued investment to the cause, to our planet, with nature always in mind. through outreach and demonstrations, we aim to show the world we do not need fossil fuel at all, if we can only but change a mindset.
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