Transatlantic Crossing By A Solar Powered Boat


Swiss Vessel Completes the First Transatlantic Crossing By A Solar Powered Boat

7,000 Miles Travelled, Not a Drop of Oil Used

The transatlantic21 Association invites you to welcome the arrival of sun21, the first entirely solar-powered vessel to complete a transatlantic crossing. Without using one drop of fossil fuel, sun21 has traveled 7,000 miles from mainland Europe to its final destination, New York.

Tuesday, May 8, 2:45 – 4pm

North Cove Marina, Battery Park City
New York, NY

Remarks by Crew, Swiss Ambassador and Alex Matthiessen, President of Riverkeeper

WHAT: sun21, the solar powered catamaran developed and sponsored by the Swiss transatlantic21 Association, will be making its way through NY harbor on May 8th headed to North Cove Marina for a formal arrival ceremony at 3pm. With a crew of just five, sun21 completed the first transatlantic crossing in a vessel powered solely by the sun. Following Christopher Columbus’s historic route to the Americas, sun21’s journey serves as a powerful example of responsible energy use with wide-ranging applications. This vessel traveled 7,000 nautical miles without a drop of oil.

WHY: The journey represents a tremendous step away from societal dependence on non-renewable energy sources. The applications used in the design of this boat could transform boating and shipping industry with long-term positive impacts on our waterways.

WHO: Ambassador Christoph Bubb, Consul General of Switzerland
Christopher Flavin, President Worldwatch Institute
Crew Members of sun21
Alex Matthiessen, President of Riverkeeper

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2007
2:45pm – 4pm (Program begins at 3:00pm but entrance into North Cove not to be missed)

WHERE: North Cove Marina, Battery Park City - Enter at Liberty Street & South End Avenue.

sun21's voyage and the first annual World Clean Energy Awards is sponsored by the transatlantic21 Association. Somfy and Messe Schweiz are event sponsors. Supporting partners include the THINKSWISS initiative and Riverkeeper.

The transatlantic21 Association was formed exclusively to fund and promote the first transatlantic crossing of sun21 -- a solar powered boat designed by ship builder Mark Wüst.