Solar Cup Boat Building and Racing Competition

Solar Cup is the world’s largest solar boat building and racing competition in the world! This innovative seven-month water education and environmentally sustainable technology program is funded by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies including West Basin Municipal Water District.  The culminating solar boat racing event takes place on May 18-20, 2018, at Lake Skinner, Temecula!

 

Solar Cup 2018 Boat Building and Racing Competition Coverage

 

This year, West Basin is proud to sponsor the following two South Bay high schools and one educational non-profit organization with funding to purchase and install electrical and mechanical equipment for their boats:

 

Boat Building Workshop, Three Valleys Municipal Water District

November 4 & 5, 2017 – Claremont

Solar Cup student teams converged under a huge tent to assemble pre-cut wooden pieces into 16-foot hollow canoe hulls. Students sawed, screwed, nailed and glued into the afternoon, became familiar with terms such as “bow,” “stern,” “chines,” and “bulkhead,” then hauled their masterpieces back to school. Over the next 7 months, teams will install motors, propellers, drive shafts and solar panels to operate their boats. Click on the links below to view full photo albums of the event.