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Elizabeth Swann - Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge



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.







To enter this motor boat/yacht/ship contest and to attempt to win the “Jules Verne (Hydrogen) Trophy” (JVH2), to be known as the 'Jules Verne Trophy,'  'Jules Verne H2 Trophy,' or 'Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy':

• The Competitor must possess a boat and a crew (non-compulsory and unrestricted) capable of navigating around the world without outside assistance, according to the discretion of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation's board-members/trustees

• The boat’s official skipper must be a member of the 'World Hydrogen Club' [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 Challenges.



• 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.
• Re-cross the line defined above in the opposite direction.



• 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.

• During this period, hereafter referred to as the “attempt year,” the competitor can go over the starting line as many times as he or she wishes without having to pay registration fee again.

• The attempt will be considered as completed when the competitor crosses the finishing line after following any of the agreed routes of the “Jules Verne H2 Trophy” or when the attempt year ends.



• As a member of the 'World Hydrogen Challenge Club,' 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.

• Boats should be designed and built to enable full autonomy at sea.

• Rescue and assistance at sea are governed by the applicable international conventions.



• Membership fees for joining the “World Hydrogen Club,” is subject to the provisions of it's governing documents, set at the amount of €30,000 (Thirty Thousand Euros).

• Payment of this amount confers the payer:


- the status as an active member of the “World Hydrogen Club."
- the right to embark on an attempt at the “Jules Verne H2 Trophy” when he or so wishes.

• For any new attempt at the “Jules Verne (Hydrogen) Trophy,” a member of the association will need to pay a registration fee of £20,000 English Pounds, or equivalent in Euros (€23,322) or ($ 27,516) Dollars, at the then current rate of exchange, by way of a wager on themselves, to be deposited in a bank account nominated by the Association. In the spirit of the original Jules Verne publication: Around the World in Eighty Days.


• 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 Club,' as per the provisions of the governing documents (Code of Conduct), and have paid their registration fee.

During the attempt


• 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.

After the attempt

• The competitor deemed as winner of the “Jules Verne (Hydrogen) Trophy” is the one whose performance is better than that of the/any previous trophy holder.
• Once another competitor has beaten the record again, the former trophy holder should demonstrate utmost discretion in terms of communication, or systematically refer to the new holder.




World Hydrogen Club


Emails: jameson@jules-verne.org  

      &  growth@blue-growth.org









In The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne wrote of a world where:



 "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.







The father of sceince fiction, Jules Verne



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