Energy Observer: The story behind the expedition

It’s 2013 and experienced ocean racer Victorien Erussard is in the middle of the Transat Jaques Vabre – a yachting race that follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil.

He’s halfway across the Atlantic when his vessel suddenly suffers a blackout and a complete loss of all power. Erussard realises his engine has failed and he has nothing but the sails to keep the boat moving.

This frustrates Erussard, who is in the middle of the ocean with energy resources all around him (the sun, wind and current), but no way of keeping his electronics running. His chances of winning the race are jeopardised and he tells himself never again will he find himself in a situation like this.

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