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ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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To carry out a 100 % eco-efficient project, ACCIONA brought in Owen Clarke Design, an IMOCA specialist, and has built a high-performance sailboat. The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered – which is the first IMOCA yacht using clean energy – uses a generator system running with energy generated by the sea, the sun and the wind, without any fossil fuel.


Designer: OCD (Owen Clarke DesignGroup)
Construction: Southern Ocean Marine
Launched: October 29th 2011
Length: 18 m
Beam: 5.60 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement: 8 000 kg
Mast height: 29 m
Centreboards: 2
Keel blade: N/A
Sail area: 600 sq metres



Nationality : Spanish
Résidence : Palma de Mallorca (ESP)
Age : 43
Boat : ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered
Website : www.accionasailing.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : Second attempt at the Vendée Globe (retired in 2000-2001)

Javier Sansó – who is nicknamed “Bubi” – is perseverance and adventure personified. Describing himself as a “solo sailor”, the skipper from Majorca already felt at home on his parents’ boat even before he was able to walk. The Mediterranean Sea has always been an important part of his life, a place where he could discover new things and make his dreams come true. Bubi Sansó’s passion for ocean exploration comes from his experience of sailing around the world with elite crews and that is why he embarked on his first big adventure: Sailing to the South Pole on the « Rael » schooner in 1997. Since 2004, Javier – who is also an expert in hydraulics, energy and electronics – has been boat captain and project manager on Wally “Tiketitoo” and has designed a brand new monohull using 100% clean energy.
Expert in hydraulics, energy and electronic

With various experiences on different types of boats under his belt, Bubi has already participated in several IMOCA Open 60 races: Transat Jacques Vabre in 2001 and 2003, the 2001 EDS Atlantic Challenge and the 2000-2001 Vendée Glob. His most recent performance was a 4th place in the overall ranking of the 2008 Barcelona World Race. He has crossed the Atlantic Ocean over twenty times – including five times in solo – as well as the Indian Ocean twice. He is therefore perfectly familiar with offshore sailing, especially in polar regions – and from all these projects came his dream of participating in the Vendée Globe. Since he was forced to retire in 2001, his only objective has been to give it another try and to conquer the most extreme of the offshore races.  


Wins and Performances

5th in the Europa Warm’Up

3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (M.Golding)

4th in the Barcelona World Race

6th in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Participated in the Transat Jacques Vabre (C. Heidrich)

4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Dumont

Participated in the Vendée Globe

Winner of the National and International Regattas on ¾ Ton
, on Mumm36, on IMS, on Sydney40 and on the Clairefontaine 30 catamaran

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Helena de la GANDARA
+34 609 481 394


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