JVH2 (MARINE) RULES
IN 1874 JULES VERNE PREDICTED HYDROGEN WOULD BE THE FUEL OF THE FUTURE
BENCHMARK: The design of the Elizabeth Swann is an example of a hydrogen powered ZEWT yacht, capable of competing in the JVH2, and attaining such speeds as to travel around the world in under 80 days. Competitors are encouraged to pursue safe innovative vessels, compliant with IMO and classification society rules.
JVH2 RULES - ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - MARINE EVENTS
• The boat’s official skipper must be a member of the 'World
Hydrogen Challenge Association' [at the time when a declaration of intent is communicated]
• The Competitor must be up to date in the payment of his or her record-attempt
(membership) registration fee (1 registration fee per attempt year) and communicate his or her declaration of intent
(as per the published form) at least three months before the scheduled date of
departure, by way of giving Notice.
• Accept the communication ethics and code of the Jules Verne
(H2) Trophy, as part of the organizer's World Hydrogen
• Cross the starting line
of one of the agreed routes, or a hybrid version, to be submitted and
accepted at least 3 months prior to any attempt.
• An attempt at the “Jules Verne
Hydrogen Trophy” is considered to commence as soon as the competitor crosses the starting line of the route between 1
June of the year underway and 31 May of the following year.
• As a member of the
'World Hydrogen Challenge Association,' the skipper of the vessel pledges to communicate to the Association his or her times for crossing the starting and finishing line, expressed in universal time
with an accuracy of 1 second.
• The 'Trophy' is open to all types of vessels and crews, without restriction.
• The vessels
should be propelled by
(green) hydrogen as a fuel, or other H2/H2L source derived from renewable energy, with or without
onboard solar and/or wind assistance (but not fabric sails or
wingsails), and with or without a/the crew (team) being
onboard physically, but must have human drone control ability in absentia. In
addition, all types of non-mechanical energy shall be allowed except
cloth or wing sails.
• The number of crew members
(persons) on board is open. The number of crew members having remote
control is open.
Outside assistance is allowed to the extent of bunker fuel stops at
regular ports and harbours. En-route assistance is not allowed, except
for rescue on abandonment of an attempt.
• All competitors must respect the applicable international safety rules.
• The skipper and his or her crew shall take part in the “Jules Verne
H2 Trophy” at their own risk and peril.
• Membership fees for joining the “World
Hydrogen Challenge Association,” is subject to the provisions of
it's governing documents, set at the amount of
€30,000 (Thirty Thousand Euros).
the status as an active member of the “World
Hydrogen Challenge Association."
• In the event the competitor's attempt is successful, they will have won their wager, at which point the sum deposited as a registration fee, will be returned to them at a venue to be announced by the organizer, in London, England.
• In the event of a competitor being unsuccessful, they will forfeit
their registration fee, having lost the wager. To be agreed by all
parties and accepted by the organizer as a charitable donation, on the
part of the competitor, to assist with the administrative costs of, and
in furtherance of the Associations ideals for Reform.
Before the attempt
Competitors are requested to abstain from all communication on their intention or their plan to take part in the “Jules Verne
Hydrogen Trophy” until they are granted permission from the 'World
Hydrogen Challenge Association,' as per the provisions of the
governing documents (Code of Conduct), and have paid their registration fee.
• Competitors shall refrain from communicating false positions or speeds.
• Competitors shall refrain from communicating false news and commit to developing good communication.
• Competitors may not communicate their positions at strategic passages in order for these not to be divulged to possible pursuers. This eventuality should not exceed four days at the risk of compromising understanding and sportsmanship of the “Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy.”
• Competitors may
provide regular updates (interviews and the like) to approved
news-media, aside from their obligations to the Association, provided that such
communications do not conflict with the above.
Hydrogen Challenge Association
"Water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable."
Apart from his predictions as to technology advancement, Jules Verne was a practical sailor and world globetrotter, such travels providing the fuel for his writings.
Since 1985, the sailing world has enjoyed competing in yacht races around the world in under 80 days, under the banner of a 'Jules Verne Trophée.' This is a splendid series of sail powered ocean events attracting 13 entries to 2021, now knocking on the door of under 40 days, with the advent of carbon fibre and hydrofoils.
In July 2021, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation established the 'Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy', in celebration of the great writer's 1874 prediction and upcoming 150th anniversary. Hydrogen as a fuel for ocean voyages is a brand-new and untested technology worthy of the name, and in our view, inspirational, for the next generation of motor yachting adventurers, looking to support the transition from traditional polluting bunker fuels to sustainable energy, in the quest for a truly circular, blue economy.
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