Solar Cup Boat Building and Racing Competition

Solar Cup is the world’s largest high school 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 2019 culminating solar boat racing event concluded on May 17-19 at Lake Skinner in Temecula!  West Basin team sponsorship application deadline for Solar Cup 2020 has passed, but additional information on the program is available by contacting

Solar Cup 2019 Boat Building and Racing Competition Coverage

West Basin is proud to sponsor the following three high schools and one school district with funding to purchase and install electrical and mechanical equipment for their team boats:

Solar Cup Team Recognition, West Basin Donald L. Dear Headquarters, Carson 

West Basin Board Meeting, May 29, 2019

During the May board meeting, the West Basin Board of Directors recognized the four West Basin sponsored high school teams that participated in this year’s Solar Cup Competition. 

To see photos of the teams with West Basin's Board of Directors,  visit the below link...


Solar Cup Racing Competition Weekend,  Lake Skinner, Temecula

Sprint Race Day & Closing Ceremony, May 19, 2019

The threat of afternoon showers and thunder shortens the sprint event to a one-race heat and a closing ceremony in the drizzle.  However, student spirits were high as they demonstrated how well their boats could perform!  Lennox Academy earns the Second Place Veteran Central and Bay Region Public Service Message Award.  Palos Verdes High School earns the Second Place Veteran Central and Bay Region Endurance Race Award.  Of forty teams that competed in this weekend's race event, Palos Verdes High School places 16th, Mira Costa High School, Lennox Academy and Centinela Valley Union High School District place 33rd, 34th and 35th respectively.

To see photos of West Basin's team efforts visit the below link...


Endurance Race Day, May 18, 2019

Boat skippers must balance their solar panel electricity with the stored solar energy in their batteries to complete as many laps as possible during 90-minute heats around a 1-kilometer endurance race course, all the while battling the wind, waves, blazing sun and lack of seat cushioning.  View photos of West Basin's teams at the link below...


Qualifying Day, May 17, 2019

Forty Solar Cup high school teams haul their boats to the water's edge to pass technical and safety inspections, and run through qualification practice runs to demonstrate their vessels can manuever around an endurance race course bouy and dash down the 200-meter sprint raceway in order to compete in this weekend's racing events.  To view West Basin teams going through their motions, click on the link below...


Solar Cup Final Technical Inspection - Three Valleys Municipal Water District

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Claremont

All high school Solar Cup teams hauled their boats to the inspection site for a mandatory check of their electrical, mechanical and safety systems in preparation for the big racing event in two weeks.  To view West Basin Solar Cup team members in action, click on the link below...


Solar Cup Technical Workshop - Occidental College

February 2, 2019 - Los Angeles

Solar Cup teams trek to the college campus on this rainy Saturday morning to learn more about battery power, electrical systems, how to master technical report writing and create effective public service announcements, all in an effort to increase their competition scores.  To view team members in action, click on the link below...

Boat Building Workshop, Three Valleys Municipal Water District

November 3, 2018 – Claremont 

42 Solar Cup student teams converged under huge tents 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 the boat construction efforts of each West Basin team...