At Bluewater we were blessed with the sun for exactly the time it took to run the
event, so somebody up there values the solar energy challenge!
With the same sun shining down on all the boats there was significant difference
in performance and reliability, even between the primary school teams who all had
the same equipment. The main factor in making the fastest boat is to have an efficient
powertrain system, from the careful assembly of the solar panels to the motor and
propeller shaft having as little friction as possible.
The Leigh Academy brought the best of a full year nine group boats and some of them
had stunning performance with no two alike. In the end though they were narrowly
beaten into second place in the solar class and this was to typify their day despite
being clear winners with both electric and ic racing.
St Andrews School accrued enough class wins to give them the overall title, but maybe
the trophy needed to go away for a while as this would have been the third year in
succession they would have won it. So, St Andrew secured a well deserved winning
team after impressing the judges with their knowledge of Marine design and manufacture
with a flotilla of hydroplanes.
Not to be outdone by the secondary school pupils Knockhall primary school had six
teams and came a very close forth in the solar class with the boats they built on
the day with their ‘Girl Power ‘ team.
As the pack up began the rain clouds formed, but it didn’t really matter by then,
as teams were already talking of preparing for next year.
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