"Nazca" is our research yacht, a Contessa 34 offshore one design, she has the performance, and the offshore capability.
There is no diesel fuel onboard at all, not even as a back up. We sail sustainably using only renewable natural resources.
We are testing emerging technology, recovering energy as we sail with our wind turbine, bifacial and flexible solar. When sailing the motor can also work in reverse to recharge the battery.
Later this year a Hydrogen fuel cell system is being trailed with the team at Auriga Energy.
This approach to power at sea significantly improves our understanding of the ocean, it highlights our position, and it makes us much better sailors.
Our range is, well unlimited. given wind and tide, and we understand how we do it might not be for everyone, but we are lessening our demand, and working with what we have available to us.
The technologies we adopt, and how they are used are part of an outreach program to raise general awareness.
In 2021 we are running between our two bases, Appledore in North Devon, and Falmouth in Cornwall, calling into the Isles of Scilly, South Wales, Lundy Island and up the channel to Cardiff, and into Bristol.
We are analysing the data from the power system, creating passage plans around the available natural resources, discovering the limits of the technology and finding workarounds, building a network in the South West that is committed to making positive change at sea.
Raising awareness, inspiring others to help combat all pollutant types entering the marine world, with demonstrations and experiences to discuss how can we all be more responsible for the ocean.