When legendary round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston fired a canon to signal the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) on 1st July, Nabil Amra set sail relying on power generated by Solar Technology International.
Nabil’s yacht is equipped with eight 20w PV Logic solar panels supplied by Solar Technology and joint sponsors and distributors SMG Europe.
The panels were installed by the Falmouth Boat Company, who have spent the last few months preparing the yacht for the epic journey to generate power for the limited on-board systems Nabil is able to use.
One of 18 sailors to make it to the start line of the Golden Globe Race from Sables d’Olonne, Nabil will be helping to recreate the golden age of sailing. He and his fellow skippers will be navigating their way around the globe, just as Knox-Johnston and rival Moitessier did in 1968, using sextants, paper charts wind-up chronometers and a weather eye on their barometers.
Nabil is an American born Palestinian who works as a foreign exchange trader in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He bought Elle May, a ketch rigged version of the Biscay 36 class yacht built by the Falmouth Boat Company. He returned her to the builder to have her prepared for the GGR and renamed her Liberty II.
Biggest challenges of my life
Nabil said: “The race is one of the biggest challenges of my life and that’s what makes it so exciting. A key condition is that we can’t use modern technology or satellite navigation aids. Having solar panels on board will mean I can use the natural world to power the instruments I am able to use.
“When we got the panels on we noticed that they were generating great power with the boat still inside the board yard shed!
“I am really grateful to Solar Technology International for their supporting in helping me to get Liberty II to the start line.
“The Golden Globe Race came along at just the right time to turn an incessant daydream into reality. My eagerness is to sail under the Palestinian flag and to represent these forlorn people who have had little to be cheery about for a long time.”
Solar power is an increasingly popular choice for boat owners
Jeremy Usher, Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International said: “We are delighted to join with our distributors SMG Europe and support Nabil on this most epic of voyages.
“Solar power is becoming an increasingly popular choice for sailors who want to generate clean, efficient energy on board their boats and Nabil will be able to put the panels to the ultimate test. Being salt spray test for 1000 hours, the super robust panels benefit from the latest crystalline silicon technology and will have no trouble coping with whatever conditions the sailors have to face.
“We wish Nabil all the best and we’ll be watching his progress with great interest!”
As a mark of Solar Technology International’s growing business success in the boating and yachting sector, the company has joined British Marine.
In becoming a member of the industry federation, Solar Technology will be part of a network of more than 1600 companies from the leisure marine, superyacht and small commercial marine sectors..
Every year British Marine organises the world-famous Southampton Boat Show. In addition, the organisation’s expertise spans in-depth technical services, representation with government and non-governmental bodies, UK and global marine trade development, legal services and general business advice.
“The marine industry is a dynamic, forward thinking sector that never stands still,” said Jeremy Usher, UK Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International. “British Marine plays a very active and progressive role and offers a lot of benefits for members so I am keen that we can benefit from that as renewable energy becomes a more important focus in the sector.
“Plus British Marine organises the biggest show in the industry with Southampton and our membership will open up opportunities overseas as well."
We're very pleased to announce that we've had a glowing reveiw for our Solar Hub 16 by Horse & Hound Magazine....
They gave us an overall score of 10 with 10/10 for Value for Money and 10/10 for Performance which is absolutely brilliant - so, many many thanks to Horse & Hound!
"We were so impressed by the whole system. Easy to use and install, sensibly priced and completely adjustable / extendable to fit your requirements. We could not recommend the Solar Hub 16 enough for anyone requiring a self sufficient system to supply a remote or awkward site, and the best part - no bills for the electricity!
"It allows for an incredible amount of freedom to groom the horses and work in the stables"
They did highlight one small point regarding the Hub not being waterproof - so, we have since introduced a covered bracket which still allows easy access to the five switches / power switches, it can be screwed to a wall at your desired height and location to hold the Solar Hub out of harms way, the bracket can be wiped clean - cost is £14.99 and comes with screws & fittings plus a 2 year warranty.
So, all you stable owners out there that may struggle with lighting particularly at this time of year, early in the mornings and in the evening do take a look at it:- https://www.solartechnology.co.uk/solar-lights/lighting-kits?product_id=416
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