The Elcano Challenge was conceived by the famous Jimmy Cornell, a man that has been pivotal in the sailing community for more than 40 years. It was named after Juan Sebastion Elcanco, the navigator of the Magellan Voyage who completed the world’s first circumnavigation in 1522, 500 years ago.
Of course, for many hundreds of years, people have sailed the world carbon free but in order for the general sailing public to wholly embrace the concept in the present, it needs to be done in reasonable comfort and at reasonable cost. To prove this, Jimmy set sail in a fully electric modern boat with modern conveniences in 2021. Unfortunately, after careful monitoring of the boat’s systems, and only after 3 weeks, he believed they would not succeed with their current design, and he abandoned the project. This should not be taken as proof that it cannot be done. There were many reasons for the abandonment of their project. We believe we can do it better. We have done the research, we have refined the boat design, the time is ripe for another challenge.