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Source: Facebook / Rán Racing

This New Electric Racing Boat Is Already Making Waves

By Desirée Kaplan

Sailboat racing has been a global sport for decades and continues to push the envelope with cutting-edge vessel design and technology. The latest boat to make a splash is the Rán VII with its sleek black look and electric motor. This new design was unleashed in April and has already been making headlines as an eco-friendly model for the boating community.

The Swedish couple behind this radical design is Niklas and Catherine Zennstrom. The duo first got into the competitive sport back in 2008 when they started the Rán Racing team and successfully won a slew of competitions including the Rolex Fastnet Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, and the TP52 and Maxi72 World Championships.

Niklas, the founder Skype who became a tech billionaire, brought his entrepreneurial background to the table and blended his love of sailing with tech. Specifically, the team has turned their attention to perfecting electric propulsion systems for racing yachts.