Breaking the mould for a greener future

The Green Blue - All At SeaYacht 2041 has been berthed at Haslar Marina for the past few weeks so we dropped by to take a look.

She’s a 67-foot steel-frame racing yacht built in 1990 to race the wrong way around the world in Chay Blythe’s Global Challenge.

In 1994 she was acquired by Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles and a champion for the preservation of Antarctica – hence 2041 because that’s the year when the moratorium on drilling and mining in Antarctica is up for review.

Recycled and outfitted for adventure sailing, since 2008 she has been on a five year global Voyage for Cleaner Energy – sustainable living and renewable energy.

Aside from the eight solar panels capable of producing 1,400 watts of clean solar energy, two wind turbines capable of generating 2500 watts, a motor that can run on biodiesel and vegetable oil, and LED lighting, the two really interesting features on Yacht 2041 are the world’s first furling solar panel sails and the sails themselves made from recycled plastic bottles. Take a look at www.2041.com/

The Green Blue - All At SeaSo what does all this have to do with The Green Blue? Well a dose of inspiration and strategic leadership always helps but it’s also great to see such exceptional projects taking on green technologies and products, showing that they can and do work and encouraging our sector to accept them as standard fare.

A walk through any marina will see that it is starting to happen, with growing numbers of sailboats fitted with wind turbines and solar panels.

Closer to our world of recreational boating, we have our own inspirational project embracing much of the same technology. The germ of an idea by the Rogers family to create a greener version of their iconic Contessa 32 has transformed into a full scale build of ‘Calypso’, and with the chance to exhibit her at the PSP Southampton Boat Show it’s now full speed at the Jeremy Rogers yard to get her ready in time.

The Green Blue - All At SeaIt is a journey of no compromise on safety, performance and quality but also a journey of pragmatism and constructive debate – how to hold fast to green ideals yet create something accessible and achievable for manufacturers and yachtsmen alike.

Calypso’s hull is made of GRP but the logic is that its longevity arguably makes it one of the most sustainable materials available, even though ‘end of life’ opportunities to recycle it are still limited.

Where Calypso is embracing innovation is the use of a new type of teak replacement called Kebony for her decks and interior which is durable, strong and sustainable. And with Hybrid Marine recently delivering her new hybrid engine she’s starting to shape up nicely.

Calypso embodies a magical combination – a green vision, a classic yacht and a legendary boat builder, all supported by the only bespoke environmental boating programme of its kind – The Green Blue.

We’re excited and hope you will be too. Join us in following her journey at http://buildingcalypso.blogspot.com/

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