Yesterday afternoon OceanCat has finally reached Guadalupe, bringing the attempt to break the Atlantic crossing record on a non-habitable 20 foot catamaran to a conclusion, the team traveled the 2551 nautical miles that separate Dakar from Guadaloupe in 14 days 3 hours and 40 minutes, a time that unfortunately didn’t allow to break the record established in 2017 by Vittorio and Nico Malingri on Feel Good.
The protagonists are Tullio Picciolini, oceanic navigator and pilot in Alitalia, with over 50 thousand nautical miles in his career and Gianmarco Sardi, an athlete in the formula 18 and Mini 6.50 class.
OceanCat has passed the finish line around 3.30 pm (in Italy), ending a challenge that presented many difficulties in its path, in fact, in the previous days, the two navigators had to deal with the damage suffered in the collision with a floating object and the 180° overturning of the boat.
The 20-foot ocean catamaran designed by Studio Balance Arquitectura Naval from Sito Aviles Ramos is made entirely of carbon and characterized by the presence of 14 watertight compartments that ensure its unsinkability.
Among the on board equipment also two SP23 ALLinONE flexible solar panels produced by the Turin-based company Solbian, which in addition to using back-contact monocrystalline silicon cells capable of converting 24% of sunlight into electricity, have the peculiarity of integrating, within an aluminum cover, a sophisticated charge controller with MPPT algorithm capable of raising the voltage value to the level required by the battery.
The energy produced by the panels has ensured the correct functioning of the on-board instrumentation: compass, speed and wind detection systems and safety systems.