School buzz to Electric Win
first ever Electric Challenge was won by Helston
School and Community College from Cornwall who
whizzed around Roadford Lake at such a speed
that their rivals were literally left trailing
in their wake.
first year of the Electric Challenge was a great
success with plenty of action on the water as
schools found it easier to keep their boats
going than in the IC section.
early pace-setters were Budmouth and All Saints,
who were both in the slow and steady category,
clocking up the laps slowly but surely, but they
were unable to keep up with Helston who
dominated Heat 2.
of the rookie teams made a promising start to
their Schools Marine Challenge careers with St
Boniface's, Oakmead and Colyton all making sure
the lap counters were busy.
the racing was not as spectacular as the IC
section, schools had clearly gone to a lot of
trouble in producing their craft, with Colyton
and St Bonifaces taking the prizes in the
Powertrain and Hull & Superstructure
unforseen problem occurred in Heat 1 when the
rescue craft caused too much wake for the
lighter electric craft causing a number of them
to ship too much water, leading to problems with
batteries. Indeed, battery problems dogged a
number of schools throughout the afternoon... an
obvious area for development next year.
to all schools who took part in the Electric
Challenge this year. Hopefully next year will
see even more schools participating, so Helston
will have to watch out if they want to keep
their Electric title!
and Miltoncross Sail to Success
behalf of the British Marine Federation, the
Schools Marine Team recently spent a day in
October in the surrounds of Hampshire's Rose
Bowl, working with over 100 students on a
special one-off challenge to replicate elements
of the Solar Challenge with sailing boats.
designed sailing boats to race in a test pond.
They were encouraged to think carefully about
the design, size and alignment of their sails to
achieve maximum speed and efficiency from the
electrical fans provided.
were awarded in Performance (Miltoncross) and
Design (Springfield Tech) categories.
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