Monaco Solar Boat Challenge: A sustainable future for sailing?

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    • Monaco club hosts solar challenge
    • Solar-powered boats can reach 50 km/h
    • Event takes place from July 14-16

    (CNN)It's an event that organizers hope will make environmental waves.

    From July 14 to 16, The Monaco Solar Boat Challenge, organized by the Monaco Yacht Club (YCM) and supported by the International Union of Powerboating, seeks to steer a path towards a more sustainable sailing future.
      The event pits some of the world's most innovative sailors against each other as they compete to register the highest speed in hand-built boats powered solely by solar panels.