An Unusual Sailboat Shines a Light On A Sustainable Future

Energy Observer has visited 88 waterfronts around the world to demonstrate how wind, solar, lithium batteries…and hydrogen fuel cells...can power tomorrow.


In his younger days, Victorien Erussard was a long-distance solo sailor trying to save seconds per mile on big-time ocean races like La Route du Rhum. Now, Victorien has traded in his maxi-cat for another kind of multihull, but this time he’s trying to save the world.

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Timothy Cole
Tim Cole is the chief content officer of Belvoir Media Group, which has published Practical Sailor since 1975. He is a licensed 50-ton U.S. Coast Guard captain.


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