Bricolabs from Madrid and Las Acacias from Vigo winners of the VI Solar Boat Challenge

Bricolabs from Madrid and Las Acacias from Vigo winners of the VI Solar Boat Challenge
19 June 2023

The Ribera Beach in Baiona hosted this Saturday the VI edition of the Solar Regatta that Marine Instruments organizes every year. With the sponsorship of the City Council of Baiona, Coca Cola, Gadis, TuyPan and the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona, the appointment with technological innovation and youth, made the Baiona sandy beaches were populated by 300 young people from different corners of Spain, including the four Galician provinces, in a competition that promotes scientific concerns among schoolchildren, always with the interest and support of their mentors.

Once the organizers’ doubts about a possible cloudy day were resolved, Saturday morning offered a morning in which the sky opened up, giving way to the sun rays so necessary to carry out the competition.

First the boats started from the shore, guided by the assistants to the starting line and driven by the pilots. Technical procedure in injury time, to face two tests. The first of speed, the second of skill and endurance, with one lap of the simple circuit, the start, and with two the more complex, gymkhana between buoys.

The winner of this first combined series was Bricolabs 2, from A Coruña, in Open; and Las Acacias, in Educational Centers. In the Open Solar Regatta, AI-023, from Vigo, was second, and Solar Scavenger from Madrid was third, being the silver in schools for Colexio Apóstol Santiago, and the bronze for IES San Mamede.

In Carrera de Coches Solares, disputed in a circuit mounted “ad-hoc” in the basketball courts of Paseo de La Palma, Bricolabs from A Coruña also won in Open, being in Educational Centers the great winner Apostol 23C, from Colexio Apóstol Santiago de Vigo.

Second places in Open went to OpRobots – Franky Tank, from A Guarda and Montecastelo, with EGM from Madrid and Lasar/SunRay, from Colegio Santo Ángel, in third place, respectively.

The design prizes were awarded by the Jury to Solar Scavenger, from Madrid, in the Open category; and to OP Robots, from A Guarda, in the Schools category.

The awards ceremony was presided over by Jesús Vázquez Almuiña, as the first official act after his inauguration as the new mayor of Baiona, and he was accompanied by Mirian Ramos, from the Marketing Department of Marine Instruments, and a large part of the new municipal group.