SOLAR SPLASH is the World Championship of intercollegiate Solar/Electric boating. Its official name is “an international intercollegiate solar/electric boat regatta,” and it takes place over five days. Technical Inspections are done on the first day, and the remainder of the time is occupied by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories starting with Technical reports that are submitted before teams arrive at the competition. On-site competitions include Visual Displays and Workmanship. On-the-water events begin with a Sprint and a Maneuverability qualifier. This is followed by an event called the Solar Slalom, which is a combination of speed and maneuverability. The final days are spent in the Sprint and Endurance events.
IEEE-PELS put together two videos about Solar Splash:
The DONG Energy Solar Challenge in The Netherlands ran from July 8-14, 2012. SOLAR SPLASH’s Technical Manager, David Luneau, attended and posted his thoughts and some photos daily. Read his “blog” here.