Alonso signed the build contract for his 60 Eco with Sunreef’s Founder and President Francis Lapp at the Yacht Club de Monaco last September. Set to be the first Eco edition of the 60 Sunreef Power, the catamaran may not have the speed of his Alpine F1 car, but it is packed with F1 levels of tech. Combining state-of-the-art electric propulsion and avant-gardist green tech, the 60 Eco is also equipped with the shipyard’s composite-integrated photovoltaic system and the industry’s lightest batteries. The catamaran will offer top energy efficiency for an emission-free yachting experience, and an all-electric yacht is of great importance to the racecar driver. “The world is moving in this direction,” said Alonso. “We are more aware and want more sustainability. We have seen important changes over the last years in global mobility, and to me it makes perfect sense to go for an electric catamaran. This type of vessel gives you a closer bond with the seas. The world is going electric and yachts should also follow.”
I will be probably based in Monaco,” states Alonso. “So, I will cruise the French Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia.
Sunreef Yachts has earned a great reputation over the last two decades resulting in attracting a number of high profile sporting ambassadors, most notably tennis ace Rafa Nadal (who owns an 80 Sunreef Power), and former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg. Alonso now joins them as a brand ambassador/owner, but the decision to go with Sunreef was pretty much straightforward for the Spaniard: “Sunreef Yachts is known for its high quality. Also, I really wanted to build a catamaran, because I wanted to enjoy more space and all the other advantages that multihulls bring. It was a no-brainer for me.”
Although known for his aggressive, no-compromise style on track, Alonso is much more relaxed away from the circuit. He’s enjoyed cooking since childhood, making a well-equipped galley a yachting essential: “I really enjoy long evening barbecue parties with friends and family, so this is essential to me,” commented the keen chef. “In fact, my perfect day at sea would start with breakfast on board with friends and family. This would be followed by swimming and some water sports. After lunch, we would all relax, talk and enjoy the sun. Dinner would be a barbecue that we would prepare and cook ourselves and enjoy together.”