It's the world's largest solar vessel. And this week, after 14 months and 68,000 hours, Swiss skipper Raphael Domjan is one step closer to taking the 35 metre-long catamaran around the world.
'For me it is a wonderful moment,' says Domjan. 'It will take a few days and it will probably be this weekend that I will say -- amazing.'
Domjan wants the yacht, which is powered only by the sun, to deliver the message that a cleaner planet is possible.
'What we want to show the world, to the people, to everybody, is that we have the technologies to change, not tomorrow, not in ten years but today. It's an optimistic message to our planet, to the people to change. We can do it.'
The yacht is covered in about 500 square metres of high efficiency solar panels. It can travel for just over three days on stored energy.
The project cost 12.5 million euros. Domjan and his partner plan to complete their trip around the world in 160 days.
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