It was his idea to cross the Atlantic. He is constructing "sun21" with his team and will captain the boat from Basel to Miami.
"My goal is to see through the development of solar boats from the experimental phase to commercial exploitation. transatlantic21 is, so far, the biggest step on this route."
An experienced ocean sailor he is responsible for navigation (boat and crew). He will guide "sun21" together with M. Wüst as far as Miami and then alone on to New York.
"I spend many weeks each year on my yacht in the Caribbean hoping for good winds. But on "sun21", I'll be wanting lulls and plenty of sun. I'm looking forward to it!"
Statement on the occasion of the boat's christening (16.10.2007) 55 KB
Michel Thonney on the "sun21" (portrait in print quality)
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New Book Release: Transatlantic21 Solar Boat Challenge
He established the necessary contacts for the realization of the project and is President of the association transatlantic21. He will be a member of the crew from Basel to New York.
"See the sun — sea and sun: a recipe for the future!"
He was looking for an environmentally friendly way to reach America. He is a member of the association transatlantic21 and is responsible for the cultural aspects of the project. He will be a member of the crew from Basel to New York.
He will use "sun21" for biological studies, and plans to analyze the plankton right across the Atlantic. He will be a member of the crew from Seville to the Caribbean.
"The objective will be to watch the phenomena of life in the "wave range" between the hydrosphere and atmosphere. I expect to see whales, flying fish, storm birds and, of course, a species-rich population of plankton in the light-abundant surface layers of the water. On "sun21" I shall be able to live out my passion for ocean biology."
Her support and networking made the project possible. She is a member of transatlantic21 and has built up the network for the financial realization of the project. She is responsible for making contacts with partner organizations at the different ports of call.
".... isn’t this the most fascinating way to carry our credo for solar energy across the globe?"
He initiated the project with M. Wust and now takes on responsibility for coordination and communication.
"To interest more and more people in renewable sources of energy – this is a goal which the project can reach only with professional public relations. That will be my contribution."