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.

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, Captain from Nouméa to 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

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

A few photos of this great adventure…

The Partners of the PlanetSolar adventure