Lady Godiva – 1 year sailing marathon with solar energy

Lady Godiva

A family sailed 12,000 nautical miles in one year. The solar panels they installed on their sailboat, Lady Godiva, performed perfectly and passed the ultimate test

Taking a whole year out of the calendar to go on a dream trip on the family’s 50-foot Benetéau sailboat takes planning. Part of that planning was deciding how to ensure the boat had power, both for the boat’s equipment and for the family’s needs during the trip. The solar solution from Green Energy proved to be the best solution for the custom-built Targa pole on the boat.

Before leaving the Danish harbour of Juelsminde back in August 2021, an extensive solar system was installed on Lady Godiva. The setup consisted of one 440 Wp solar panel and eight 55 Wp solar panels, which together could produce enough power for the boat’s needs. A 50 Amp MPPT Charge Controller was also installed to ensure optimal utilisation of the energy from the solar panels. This setup was estimated to cover the entire crew’s power needs during the round-the-world journey.

A glimpse of a a round-the-world cruise with Lady Godiva and Green Energy’s solar solution.

An uncompromising solution

We met Christian Bertelsen, skipper, deckhand, father and husband on board Lady Godiva after a year’s sailing around the world, and he could tell us:

“The solar solution turned out to be just right for our needs. It provided constant power regardless of the weather and met our energy needs perfectly throughout the journey. Although we would have liked a larger battery, the limited space on the boat was a challenge. All in all, the solar panels have worked beyond our expectations and have allowed us to have a worry-free journey,” explains Christian Bertelsen, skipper of Lady Godiva.

The ultimate test

“No matter how bad the weather has been, how much salt water the solar cells have been exposed to or how much we’ve walked on them, they passed the test. They have been white with salt and yet they haven’t let us down once. It has been exposed to the equivalent of 15 years of regular Sunday sailing. We are incredibly impressed with their robustness,” Christian concludes.

Robust and convenient

“One thing that’s also worth mentioning is the design and materials of the solar panels. At times when the weather has been rough and the whole system is twisting and moving, it’s a great comfort to know that the material can withstand it. Also, it’s great that even with large amounts of deposits, as the water contains significantly more salt, it doesn’t need to be cleaned either.” Christian adds, “We have met several other boats on our journey – all heading out into the big world – and they all have solar panels installed. But I haven’t seen any that look as good as ours.”

We are thrilled to have been a part of the Bertelsen family’s extraordinary adventure. It’s incredibly satisfying to see our products not only perform admirably but also withstand the ultimate test of endurance at sea. Their journey is a testament to the reliability and durability of our solar solutions, and we look forward to continuing to support more adventures like theirs in the future.

Read more about our solar solution on www.greenenergy.pro

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