Cedarville University wins 3rd straight solar boating world title

A team of Cedarville University students continued a tradition of winning this weekend by taking the championship at the 2017 World Solar Splash.

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The CU Solar Boat Team was one of 12 teams from across the country that competed in the five-day solar/electric boating competition at the Clark County Fairgrounds 125-acre lake.

For the third year in a row, the Cedarville team was named overall champion, taking first in the competition’s three main events — slalom, sprint and endurance. It’s the 10th time the Cedarville team has won in 14 years of participation.

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To participate, teams of mechanical and electrical engineering students use their knowledge and skills to design and create solar-powered watercraft. Entries are judged not only on performance, speed and maneuverability, but also technical design and workmanship.

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The CU team, comprised of seven mechanical engineering students, earned 956 out of a possible 1,000 points. The second place team from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez earned 883 points.

Cedarville first participated in Solar Splash in 1997 and the team has hosted the event since 2014. For more information, visit the CU Solar Boat Team website.

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