The Finnish Aava Transatlantic Sailing Team with ten young sailing enthusiasts participated the international Rendez vous Regatta 2017 at summer. A journey of over three thousand miles went in legs from Portugal via the Canary Islands and Bermuda to Boston. The crew selected Naps 200 Watt solar power system to charge their Swan 65's boat batteries, so that diesel engines should not be used in vain.
The s/y Vahine owned by the Finnish Sailing Ship Foundation was the home for the youth for over five weeks when crossing the Atlantic Ocean sailing. The trip started in April and ended at Midsummer. In four hours of work –standby – free -cycles in extreme conditions was testing both the crew and the solar power system for their the durability.
Naps delivered s/y Vahine six 33 watt NP33RSS solar modules with materials specifically selected for open sea use. PSS solar modules are built on stainless steel and cover lamination is more flexible than traditional module glass. One can walk over the module normally. The RSS solar modules are very lightweight. Naps modules were mounted directly on the ship's deck and were connected to the battery by the Naps NC 15N controller.
Photovoltaic is very powerful way to charge batteries, especially in the ports where the crew appreciates a particularly silent resting environment. "Photovoltaic is a welcome and easy addition to power generation. During the Atlantic crossing, we were able to reduce the use of the generator to about half, which significantly improved the comfort of living as both sound and heat output decreased. At the same time, we saved significantly fuel. Solar system also provide a welcome security for the breakdown of other power generation systems. As a cherry in the cake, battery life cycle is extended when the batteries are not emptied and recharged by overcharging, "sums up the experience Vahine’s young skipper Jarkko Sarmaala.
Jarkko Sarmaala navigated the journey across the Atlantic Ocean with the Finnish-made Swan 65 sailing boat successfully to Boston. S/y Vahine won the second race in its own class, being also the fastest vessel on the leg and the fourth in the rated overall race. Naps congratulates the young crew for their great performance.
Photos: Valtteri Siikasmaa
More information about the race: http://snupu.fi/rdv2017/
Youth moods over the Atlantic overpass at Youtube: