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The Royal Thames Yacht Club Mansura Trophy, supported by Bosch Engineering GmbH, is an important biennial competition to identify and reward excellence in the design, development and operation of hybrid marine craft. The Trophy, inaugurated in 2006, is the most prestigious international maritime award presented for the latest innovative development in hybrid power.
The Trophy has strong support from The Green Blue, a joint environmental initiative from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Marine Federation (BMF).
It is aimed at craft of all types, within stated limits, whose final propulsion delivery system is, either wholly or as a stand-alone option, electrical. Hybridity is defined by having at least two independent sources capable of delivering the propulsive power to the final drive.
The 2012 Mansura Trophy competition will again have divisions for both Offshore and Inland Waterway craft and excellence awards within each division for the following categories:
• Technology involving concepts and innovation
• Production covering development, manufacturing and conversion
• Execution considering passage-making, versatility, sales, distribution and support.
Companies or individuals entering will not have to state the division in which they wish to compete. This will be left to the discretion of the judging panel, who may decide that an entry is appropriate for consideration in more than one category. There is no restriction on other additional propulsion systems such as sail power. Entries must be capable of accommodating a minimum crew of one person.
Craft may be entered regardless of age or date of construction, but must have completed a qualifying voyage by the closing date. Craft entered in earlier competitions may enter again with the sole exception of previous winners of the Mansura Trophy. However, there is an exception for previous winners. Should there have been a significant technical change or development from the original entry, which might include the delivery of a significant number of production examples from a previously winning prototype, then it can be entered.
The Royal Thames Mansura Trophy enjoys the enthusiastic support of Bosch Engineering GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH headquartered in Abstatt, Germany. Since 1999, Bosch Engineering has been offering engineering services for automotive, industrial and marine applications, railway and commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery, as well as powersports and general aviation – independent of the actual production numbers needed. Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com
All entries for the 2012 Royal Thames Mansura Trophy competition must be received by the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London by 7th January 2013. The awards will be made at a ceremony in the Clubhouse on 21st March 2013.