THE ACCIONA IMOCA 60 100% ECOPOWERED GETS READY



Following its presentation in Barcelona at the end of last October, and its preparation at our base in Palma, the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered will be setting sail for its first single-handed ocean crossing and take on successfully the 1,500-mile leg that is the minimum required by the organizers of the Vendée Globe.



Since we left Palma on Wednesday November 30th, Bubi and three crewmen set sail for the Strait where the crew members left the boat, leaving the skipper to carry single-handed to the Atlantic where he’ll be spending ten-or-so days training for the races awaiting the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered.

Next stop: Porto Santo, the easternmost island of the Azores, which the boat will be rounding before heading for home.

The crossing will help Bubi to get ready for single-handed use of the zero-emissions navigation and energy generation equipment and will be the best way to test the viability of the world’s first-ever zero-emissions racing yacht to compete in the world’s most demanding ocean race: the Vendée Globe 2012.

And now, the log entry for the start and a video of the qualifying leg…

LOG, NOVEMBER 30th.

Our ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered set sail as scheduled at 16.00hrs on November 30th for its qualifier, with skipper Javier Sanso, and crewmen Pedro Feliu, Nipper Hardy and Jorge Álvarez on board. Bright sunshine and a light southerly wind as the boat left Palma Bay running close-hauled at a speed of eight knots. By nightfall wind conditions were 140-160 and a speed of 7-8 knots. During the night, our speed dropped slightly owing to poor wind conditions. At daybreak our position was 1º14.56E 38º32.08W, south of Ibiza, heading west/southwest at a speed of four knots. Our aim is to head for the Strait where the crew will disembark and I’ll be making my way to the Atlantic, headed for the Azores single-handed.