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Made of wood, fibreglass, carbon fibre and kevlar the boats are approximately 7 metres long and just under 2 metres wide.

Each boat has a small cabin, which is the only protection against the might of the ocean and powerful sun rays. If the weather proves too much for the boat and it capsizes, the vessel is able to self-right.

All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. The boats are specially made and equipped with water makers, which change sea water to drinking water.

The solar panels power the GPS and other vital electrical equipment, including the water maker and all boats are fitted with tracking beacons to signal the boat’s location.

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