Solar Cup High School Winners Rock Lake

Who took top dog at Metropolitan’s 2011 Solar Cup – the nation’s largest solar boat race – in Southern California this year?  Savanna High School in Anaheim and Oak Park High School in Oak Park, whose vessels out-paced those of 40 other teams on May 16th at the annual race on Metropolitan’s Lake Skinner.

Over the last seven months, high school teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties were hard at work building, equipping and racing their 16-foot, single-seat canoes powered exclusively by the sun in preparation for this three-day race. Savanna High School took the race’s highest honors in the veterans division while Oak Park High School took the top honors among the rookies. The teams were sponsored by Anaheim Public Utilities and Calleguas Municipal Water District, respectively.

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image via Metropolitan Water District

Other honors went to La Cañada High School and Southeast ROP/Norwalk High School for Hottest-Looking Boat in these two divisions,  while San Jacinto High School won the Teamwork Award. Anaheim High School also took home the Bart Beziak Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy for their “spirit and overall positive attitude.”

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image via Metropolitan Water District

Complete scores for each Solar Cup team are available online [PDF].

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.