WZCC - SOLAR BOAT RACE
The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hawk. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the whale. This is a modern Moby Dick, the twist being that there is a happy ending for everyone, even the whalers. Herman Melville would approve. This is a modern Moby Dick, the twist being that there is a happy ending for everyone featuring this $Billion Dollar Whale, even the whalers. Herman Melville would approve.
In this scene Charley and Steve fly into Honolulu airport, to cover the World Zero Carbon Challenge, or WZCC. This is a solar and wind powered race around the world, starting from Sand Island, Honolulu Channel.
Steve cannot believe that his dream is coming true. He's been campaigning for a ban on cheap high sulfur content bunker fuels for most of his working life, because large marine diesel engines cause acid oceans from their exhaust fumes - changing seawater chemistry for marine life, especially corals. With climate change, the oceans were also getting warmer.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) had set targets for zero pollution from shipping in 2019, aiming for clean transport by 2050, but shipping magnates were resisting change, lobbying to keep their giant container ships. The WZCC was proof that transport could be zero carbon, much the same as solar assisted electric cars were cleaning up land transport.
Anchored offshore is the historic solar boat that first circumnavigated the world in 2012: PlanetSolar, together with other vessels owned by electric boat enthusiasts.
For this scene, aim for1 pages (sides) and 2 illustrations, suggested as:
1.Aerial location shot of Sand Island, Aloha Tower and Pier 2 Cruise Terminal.
2. Picture of Planet-Solar off Sand Island in Honolulu Channel, with Pier 2 Cruise Terminal in the background.
These headings are only to guide you - some of the person to person pictures can be smaller (6 to a page size or insets) - to help you to plan your layout if you fancy illustrating this Scene.
The historic PlanetSolar had made the trip to Hawaii, to support the move to clean transport.
Dozens of solar boat enthusiasts had anchored around the coast of Hawaii, to watch the start of the race.
An advanced unmanned solar catamaran was on display in Honolulu, as part of the lead up the WZCC.
A small solar powered trimaran that is ferrying crew to and from their race boats prior to the start of the WZCC.
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