Turanor PlanetSolar is expected to dock on Friday in Monaco, ending its 19-month journey.
On Friday, if all goes well, a sleek spaceship-like catamaran will glide into Hercule Harbor in Monaco after a remarkable 19-month journey around the globe.
Since it set sail from Monaco in September 2010, the Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat has crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific, passed through the Panama and Suez canals and stopped in Miami; Cancún, Mexico; Brisbane, Australia; Singapore; Abu Dhabi and many places in between.
At 2.15 p.m. local time, it is expected to cross the official finish line, having proved that solar energy can power a boat all the way around the world.
PlanetSolar is the brainchild of Raphaël Domjan, who is Swiss and a former ambulance driver and mountain guide. He enlisted enough sponsors to finance the creation of the surreal vessel. The goal, he said in a telephone interview this week from aboard the ship, was to spread the message that solar power can be harnessed for far more than it is doing now.