PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered circumnavigation.

Raphaël thought of completing the first circumnavigation on a solar boat in 2004. At the time it wasn’t fashionable yet, and he first had to convince sponsors and partners. Therefore, he brought together and motivated a team of enthusiasts ready to follow him on this adventure.“At first I was alone, I only had my dreams to convince people”.

In February 2008, the boat was funded thanks to the support of one man, Inno Stroeher, a solar power enthusiast.2 Planetsolar, with over 500 m2 of solar panels, is the largest solar boat in the world. Between September 2010 and May 2012, PlanetSolar and its 5 crew members completed the first solar circumnavigation in the world. It travelled 60,000 km on the oceans, propelled only by the sun’s power.

The crew of the first solar-powered around-the-world trip:

  • Raphaël Domjan, initiator and expedition leader
  • Patrick Marchesseau, Captain from Monaco to Nouméa and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Erwann le Rouzic, Capitaine de Nouméa a Monaco
  • Jens Langwasser: Boatswain and project manager during the construction of PlanetSolar
  • Christian Oschenbein: On-board engineer and expedition photographer

Read the expedition report for the first solar powered circumnavigation on board PlanetSolar


10 years after the success of the first around the world with solar energy

View a clip recounting the first solar powered circumnavigation in history!