overall regatta winner - Folsom HS

California Solar Regatta

This event is open to all 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.

This year proved to be very exciting with changing weather, wind and equipment failures. We would like to give West Valley College a special award for giving up their charge controller to Sonoma State. This is a fine example of the camaraderie demonstrated by our students.

Next event date

The date for the 2018 Solar Regatta is May 4 for high schools and May 5 for colleges.

2017 California Solar Regatta winners and participants

High school and middle schools:
  • REGATTA CUP Winner: Evergreen 6
  • Best Video: Foothill High School
  • Best Presentation: Granite Bay High School
  • Best Design - Artistic: Laguna Creek High School
  • Best Design - Technical: School of Engineering and Sciences
  • Best Boat Design: Boy Scouts GEC North
  • Spirit Award: School of Engineering and Sciences
  • Sustainability: Boy Scouts of America Boaters
  • Endurance Course: Evergreen 6
  • Slalom Course: Evergreen 6
  • Sprint Course: Evergreen 6
  • Judges' Award: Pasteur Middle School
  • Student Choice Award: Foothill High School
  • Leading by Example: Folsom High School
  • Other participating schools and organizations:
    • Ceres High School
    • San Ramon Valley High
    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Rosemont High School
    • Encina High School
    • Heritage Peak High School
    • Del Campo High School
    • Heritage Peak High School
Colleges and universities:
  • REGATTA CUP Winner: City College of San Francisco
  • Best Video: City College of San Francisco
  • Best Presentation: City College of San Francisco
  • Best Design - Artistic: College of the Sequoias
  • Best Design - Technical: U C Davis
  • Spirit Award: U C Davis
  • Sustainability: U C Davis
  • Endurance Course: San Joaquin Delta College
  • Slalom Course: Sonoma State
  • Sprint Course: City College of San Francisco
  • Judges' Award: Sonoma State
  • Student Choice Award: Sonoma State
  • Leading by Example: Sonoma State
  • Special Award: West Valley College
  • Other participating colleges and universities:
    • CSU Chico
    • Cosumnes River College Engineering
    • Cosumnes River College Construction Management
    • St. Marys
    • Skyline Community College
    • Sacramento City College
    • West Valley College
    • Chabot College
    • Butte College


Suzette Bienvenue
Energy Education & Technology Center


Click to download:

2018 Solar Regatta packet

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!