overall regatta winner - Folsom HS

California Solar Regatta

This event is open to all middle schools, high schools, and universities in California. Participation promotes teamwork, competition and discovery at SMUD's Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

We are proud to sponsor this fun and educational event. SMUD will loan the solar panels and will help organize the teams. Students can either retrofit existing boats or build their own design from scratch. The boats will be judged for speed, distance, maneuverability and more.

Next event date
The date for the 2017 Solar Regatta is May 5 for high schools and May 6 for colleges. Applications are available online in the appendix of the Welcome Packet.

2016 California Solar Regatta winners and participants

High school and middle schools:
  • REGATTA CUP Winner: Folsom High School
  • Best Video: Pasteur Middle School
  • Best Presentation: Folsom High School
  • Best Design - Artistic: Laguna Creek High School
  • Best Design - Technical: School of Engineering and Sciences
  • Best Boat Design: Ceres
  • Best Drive Train: Ceres High School
  • Best Middle School: Evergreen
  • Spirit Award: Pasteur Middle School
  • Sustainability: Boy Scouts -99
  • Endurance Course: Evergreen
  • Slalom Course: San Luis Obispo Classical Academy
  • Sprint Course: Laguna Creek High School
  • Judges' Award: Da Vinci Middle School
  • Student Choice Award: Pasteur Middle School
  • Other participating schools and organizations:
    • Encina Prep
    • San Juan High School
    • San Ramon Valley High
    • Will Rogers Middle School
    • San Joaquin Office of Education
    • Foothill High School
    • Boy Scouts of America 139
Colleges and universities:
  • REGATTA CUP Winner: San Joaquin Delta College
  • Best Video: CSU Sacramento
  • Best Presentation: Ohlone College
  • Best Design - Artistic: Chabot College
  • Best Design - Technical: San Joaquin Delta College
  • Best Boat Design: Chabot College
  • Spirit Award: Sierra College
  • Sustainability: Sac City College, Team #1
  • Endurance Course: San Joaquin Delta College
  • Slalom Course: CRC Construction
  • Sprint Course: CRC Construction
  • Judges' Award: Sac City College, Team #1
  • Student Choice Award: Cosumnes River College
  • Other participating colleges and universities:
    • CA Maritime Academy Keema
    • CSU Chico
    • UC Davis
    • West Valley College
    • Sac City MECHS
    • SF City College
    • CSU Humboldt
    • Bakersfield College
    • CA Maritime Academy Keelhauler


Suzette Bienvenue
Energy Education & Technology Center

Brent Sloan
Community Solar

solar race boat

Solar Regatta in Action

Slideshow: See a slideshow of the 2016 Solar Regatta.

Video: See how much fun the participants of the California Solar Regatta have in one day!