No apologies for running a non-sailing story at the top of the deck. The Turanor PlanetSolar passed through Hong Kong last week, and we take off the collective hat. They are not going to break any speed records, but certainly demonstrate plenty of determination in piloting a 95-tonne vessel all the way round the world at an average 4 kts. Read the story - it's not about radical technology, or even new - it's about power management, and realising the possible. 'Because it's there' sort of thing. There's always a trickle-down from this sort of exercise, and the thing we learned least about was those Very Big Batteries. Expect a new improved battery for your iPhone sometime soon...
The weather has gone back to 'normal' in Hong Kong now, but Turanor managed to depart on what had to be the most photogenic day in the entire year!
If you are interested in joining in the inaugural Sabang Rally from Langkawi to Aceh, please hurry up. We hear on the grapevine that the organisers will be hosting a 'cocktail/roadshow' in Hong Kong in the next week or so - but the date is likely to be after the close of registration for the event. Explanations on a postcard, please. For the most plausible, usual prize - a year's free subscription to Sail-World Asia.
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