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May 21st, 2012

Race to Rio, brief visit in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Recently, Brave Yacht ‘2041’ made an unscheduled visit to Port Elizabeth, South Africa due to unfavorable weather on their Race to Rio for the 3rd Earth Summit, Rio +20. Ten years ago, Robert Swan was given a global mission to “ inspire young people, industry, and business on the issues of energy conservation, renewable energy, and to promote the positive roles individuals and business can play in the road to world sustainability.” From this, the Voyage for Cleaner Energy began and the yacht and crew have circumnavigated the globe to share this mission. “The Voyage for Cleaner Energy yacht relies on a bank of eight solar panels, two wind vanes, a biodiesel fueled engine and alcohol stove to run all the electronics, fridge, freezer and leisure items onboard.”

Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, they were kindly greeted by locals, supporters and press. Alan Straton of MyPE.co.za, had a chance to sit down with our Captian, Conor Fogerty and learn more about  2041 and its focus on renewable energy, positive leadership and recycling.

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While the crew was in Port Elizabeth, they welcomed a new addition, Robert Swan’s son, Barney Swan. Barney, a recent graduate from St. Augustine’s College in Cairns, Australia is joining the Voyage for Cleaner Energy for her journey across the Atlantic until it arrives in Rio de Janeiro in June. There, he will reunite with his father and join him to greet world leaders and carry his message to inspire future generations.

Photos and quotes provided by MyPE.co.za

Be sure to follow the complete Race to Rio on our Voyage Blog here: voyage.2041.com