five solar boat teams from all over Victoria turned out
to compete in the division 1section at Science Works
Square Secondary College Science Department fielded two
teams: BLITZ - Captaind by Charlene Mackenzie and
crew of Rebecca Taylor and Kristy Freeland.
and FLYSCREAM- A solo entry by Peter Twiss.
Golden Square Secondary College entrants had spent many
hours designing, building, testing and fine tuning their
boats. They had attended a Solar Workshop and five
weekend workshops held by Steve Donaldson at Kangaroo
Flat Secondary College.
BLITZ team ventured to LaTrobe Open Day for the Bendigo
Solar Challenge for Primary Schools. In its
demonstration runs against Kangaroo Flat Secondary
College they showed some very good form. With the Vic
Challenge in October plenty of trialing of different
motors, solar cells and propellers took place.
clouds were in evidence on arrival at Science Works on
Sunday the 20th October, 2002. Scrutineering,
judging of boats, posters and practice were soon
forgotten and it was down to the first round robin
races. Congratulations to Peter Twiss who received an
honourable mention for his poster. Well done Peter.
Twiss and Flyscream
2.15 pm the first of the knock out races began. BLITZ in
race 4 won through to the next round but unfortunately
FLYSCREAM faltered out of the competition. 24 boats made
it to the next round.
again raced 2 boats and won easily. 8 boats were left in
the running and rounds consisted of match racing (best 2
out of 3) . GSSC was matched against SUBMARINER from Kew
BLITZ won the first race easily but the second was
disastrous. BLITZ literally went to the bottom of the
pool with the starting gate. The race was restarted but
the damage was done with water in the motor. BLITZ lost
to SUBMARINER. We were now one race each. Charlene
quickly dried the motor between races as the boat was
carried to the starting end of the pool. Fingers crossed
they started the third match race. BLITZ performed
outstandingly and won easily. They were now one of four
boats in the Semi finals.
was to race 4000 REVS from Kangaroo Flat Secondary
College again in a best two out of three race situation.
A fantastic effort for our two Bendigo Schools,
unfortunately only one could progress to the Grand
Final., BLITZ won both races and the team were ecstatic
at the thought of reaching the Grand Final. They were
not confident at being able to beat LIGHT 'n' POWER from
University High as it had proven itself to be a very
fast boat. The races for 3rd and 4th took place
with 4000 REVS from KFSC beating BILLANOOK 1 from
being called up for the final BLITZ was sitting on the
water ready to go. LIGHT 'n' POWER was nowhere to be
seen. Finally LIGHT 'n POWER emerged from behind the
crowd with cool packs still on the solar cells. The sun
was out for the first time for the day. Race one proved
a popular win with a fair percentage of the crowd and
with the BLITZ team who did just that BLITZED THEM. Race
two was to take place immediately after race one but
again with BLITZ in the water LIGHT 'N' POWER was
nowhere to be seen. Some in the crowd expressed their
displeasure at the bending of the rules (Not from the
BLITZ team). Steve Donaldson from KFSC was not very
happy with the antics of the opposition. The sun was
still out for race two and the result was the same.
BLITZ won convincingly. The team had won and were now
the Victorian Champions. They now have an invitation to
compete at the International and Australian Model
Vehicle Solar Challenge in Sydney on November 23rd and
BLITZ team captained by Charlene Mackenzie with crew
Rebecca Taylor and Kristy Freeland
goes to Steve Donaldson from Kangaroo Flat Secondary
School for his support of the Primary and Secondary
Schools program. Craig Mackenzie also deserves praise
for his invaluable support.