The World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boating

SOLAR SPLASH is the World Championship of intercollegiate Solar/Electric boating. Its official name is “an international intercollegiate solar/electric boat regatta,” and it takes place over five days. Technical Inspections are done on the first day, and the remainder of the time is occupied by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories starting with Technical reports that are submitted before teams arrive at the competition. On-site competitions include Visual Displays and Workmanship. On-the-water events begin with a Sprint and a Maneuverability qualifier. This is followed by an event called the Solar Slalom, which is a combination of speed and maneuverability. The final days are spent in the Sprint and Endurance events.

1. Purpose of the SOLAR SPLASH

The SOLAR SPLASH has been established to promote interest in Science and Technology, Education, and Personal Interactive Skills. Established for collegians, it gives students an opportunity to apply theory to a practical project in a team environment. The SOLAR SPLASH itself serves as an opportunity for students to compete and showcase their accomplishments. Although it is an intercollegiate competition, high school teams who demonstrate competence may be included.

2. Administration

2.1 Application of Rules – The Rules shall apply to the SOLAR SPLASH, hereinafter referred to as the “Event”.

2.2 Event Dates – The Event will be held June 8-12, 2011.

2.3 Right to Revise Rules – The Organizer, as defined in Rule 2.6 below, reserves the right to revise the Rules at any time by providing the participants notification of revisions in the form of Bulletins, revised editions of the Rules, or announcements at the Competition.

2.4 Acceptance of Rules – All persons or groups selected to participate in the Event are expected to know and accept the Rules. Participation in the Event shall constitute acceptance of them.

2.5 Sponsors – The Event is conducted and organized by the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The prime corporate sponsor is Johnson Controls Inc. Other sponsors are listed at

2.6 Organizer and Address – The Event is organized and produced by Dr. Jeffrey Morehouse (the “Organizer”) located at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. This location shall serve as Event Headquarters.

Business hours are generally 9-6 Eastern weekdays.
Phone (803) 777 -3017 , Fax (803) 777-0106
E-mail: [email protected]

2.7 Event Officials – The Organizer will select and announce the list of Officials for the Event. These Officials are generally known as “Red Shirts” because of their distinctive red shirts worn at the Event. The Event Officials will be instructed in and responsible for specific duties pertaining to the operation of the Event. The Event Officials shall have the authority and responsibility to ensure compliance with the Rules.

2.8 Insurance – Each participating Team is required to provide proof of general liability insurance from their educational institution after submitting their entry or written proof that as a state institution, they are self-insured. Proof of insurance must be supplied with the Technical Report. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty applied to the Technical Report score.

2.9 Accidents – All accidents must be reported to an Event Official and the Organizer immediately. Failure to do so may affect a Team’s standing in the Event. The Organizer and the Sponsors assume no liability for accidents that occur as the result of poor craft design and construction, unsafe or improper boating procedures, or any form of negligence on the part of the competitors and spectators.

2.10 Release of Liability and Image Release – Everyone involved with the Event – Participants, Faculty Advisors, Officials and official visitors – are required to sign this release upon arriving on-site. The Release is available at Registration.

2.11 Waiver for Skippers – There is a special waiver form for skippers and anyone who will be out on the water, which must be carefully read and signed by the skipper.

2.12 Waiver for Minors – Anyone under the age of 18 is required to have this waiver signed and notarized by a parent or guardian in advance of the Event.

2.13 Withdrawals – Any Team, which has agreed to participate, shall fulfill such obligation unless excused by the Organizer. Any Team wishing to withdraw must notify the Organizer, in writing. If a team wishes to withdraw at the Event, the Organizer must be notified as soon as possible.