PlanetSolar the largest solar boat in the world repeated the trip, from one side of the Atlantic to the other, to realize a new global accomplishment: 22 days, 12 hours, and 32 minutes. From Las Palmas (Spain) on April 25, 2013, the ship sailed 2867 miles (5310 km) across the Atlantic Ocean at the average speed of 5.3 knots before reaching Marigot (St. Martin, French West Indies) on May 18.
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MS Tûranor PlanetSolar‘s new record is currently undergoing an authorization process at Guinness World Records™.
During the trip around the world (2010-2012), the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed for 26 days from one side of the Atlantic to the other, thereby claiming the world record speed for a solar-powered transatlantic crossing and her first entry in the Guinness World Records.
It is with great pride that the crew set foot on dry land after 22 days at sea. PlanetSolar’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville, said:
“Once again, the boat provided a brilliant demonstration of solar energy’s potential by breaking its own speed record for a transatlantic crossing set in 2010, improving it by 4 days, 6 hours, and 38 minutes. It is difficult to compare the two crossings because they were conducted at very different times of the year. But it is certain that in light of the lessons learned during the trip around the world, the major maintenance projects carried out last winter—particularly to the propulsion system—have greatly improved the ship’s performance. She will now travel to Miami to begin her second life as part of an exploratory mission along the Gulf Stream current conducted by the University of Geneva.”