If you are into solar powered this and that and happen to be in the Southern California vicinity May 14-16, you might want to make your way to Lake Skinner to take in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s eighth-annual Solar Cup competition. This lively event will focus upon solar-powered boat racing high schoolers.
said that 36 teams of Southland high school students will race single-seat, solar-powered 16-foot sculls. Teams will hail from high schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Participating teams come from Anaheim (3), Chino Hills, Claremont, Compton, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, Inglewood, La Cañada Flintridge, Lake Forest, La Mirada, La Puente, Lawndale, Los Angeles (2), Lynwood, Menifee, Mira Loma, Murrieta, Nuevo, Pasadena, Perris, Pomona, Riverside, Rolling Hills Estates, San Diego, San Jacinto, Santa Monica, Scripps Ranch, Torrance, Walnut and Wildomar.
The annual Solar Cup event is actually a seven month project which concludes after “high school teams totaling about 800 students build and race solar-powered boats” on Lake Skinner. Last year solar powered boats from Canyon High School, Anaheim, and Savanna High School, Anaheim won the veteran and newcomer divisions, using solar energy stored in batteries in a 200-meter dash. Teams from that competition “built identical, single-seat hulls from kits of marine-grade plywood supplied by Metropolitan.”