Ecological boat design trophy

Royal Thames launches green trophy

The prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club is launching a new trophy for ‘ecological’ boat design.

The Mansura Perpetual Challenge Trophy will recognise innovation in the “design, development and operation of marine vessels with hybrid or all-electric propulsion systems”.

The international competition is supported by the Royal Yachting Association and their environmental arm The Green Blue.

Chairman of Trustees Jack Edwards says: “Economical use of fossil fuels and the overall environmental impact of the craft will be considered and the propulsion system may embody electric power derived from wind, solar radiation, fossil fuels, biomass, fuel cell or other sources of electrical energy generation.”

Former editor of our sister title Motor Boats Monthly Kim Hollamby is one of the judges.

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The Green Blue project manager Sarah Black says: “Our project sets out to encourage boaters and boating businesses to be more environmentally aware. This competition is a perfect fit and every entrant will provide a case study in pollution reduction and sustainable power application.”