Sail­ing by the Sun and wind

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

A 83-year-old Max Tun­bridge and two mates will set off in late March from Lyn­d­hurst, south of Mar­ree in South Aus­tralia, to sail a land yacht along the 600km, pre­dom­i­nantly dirt, Strz­elecki Track us­ing noth­ing but the power of the wind and Sun. Max and fel­low sailors Bren­ton Cur­ran and Kevin Cook will take turns to pilot the home-built ve­hi­cle cle us­ing mainly wind and switch­ing ching to the power of the Sun when nec­es­sary. A set of so­lar lar pan­els has been rigged d up that will drive a wheel at the front of the yacht. The men hope to reach ach the fin­ish­ing hing point at In­nam­incka three days af­ter start­ing out. The track is heav­ily used by road trains ser­vic­ing the oil and gas fields near Moomba, so the team will also drive two sup­port ve­hi­cles, front and back, to en­sure the yacht can pro­ceed along the track in safety.

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