The most sustainable round the world racing boat to date.
The current situation in offshore racing requires carbon fiber boats to sail a competitive race. These boats are built with spacecraft precision and technology, making the sport not only prohibitively expensive, but also reliant on non-environmentally friendly materials.
Around 35-40 ton of garbage is produced to build a carbon hull and deck that weighs less than 1800 kg, not to mention the amount of energy required to produce and later recycle carbon fiber. Our objective is to develop, build and race an IMOCA 60 using more sustainable materials and building method while also remaining competitive.
Three round the world races and a world championship in one mission.
For the next edition of the Vendee Globe in 2020, Erik de Jong, will participate in the race with an existing boat that will be transformed into a floating laboratory in order to gather the required data needed to build a competitive IMOCA 60 using alternative materials and building method. Once the 2020 race is finished, the data gathered will be used to optimize the design of the most sustainable offshore racer to date. Once the construction of “Green Vendee” is complete, we will make a test run around the world in the Barcelona World Race, followed by the Vendee Globe in 2024 as the main event to prove that sustainable boat building is competitive and a viable option for the future of the sport.
The skipper and project manager
Erik de Jong, grew up in an offshore sailing family in the Netherlands and has been spending significant amounts of time at sea since he was a few months old. At 16, he designed an offshore sailing yacht for the Arctic and then later built this boat with minimal tools and equipment while studying for his Naval Architecture degree. For the last 10 years, he has been skippering Bagheera in the high Arctic, including a successful transit of the infamous North West Passage and the first sailing vessel in history to sail the Central Arctic Ocean.
The “Green Vendee” IMOCA 60 will be built by combining traditional and modern construction methods. This will allow us to build the most environmentally friendly boat possible with the current technology without losing performance:
- At least 50% of hull and deck structure will come from 100% natural fibers,
- 80% waste reduction during the building process compared to more common building methods,
- Waste products will be reusable or otherwise recyclable,
- Significant cost reduction compared to other new-builds, making the sport more accessible for other sailors,
- We are aiming for a podium position at the IMOCA World Championships to prove that sustainable boat building can be competitive.
- Equipment onboard is selected based on longevity and recyclability to reduce wastage during lifetime of the boat.