Solar Boat Regatta

May 21, 2016
10am to 2pm

Riley Lake Park (google maps) in Eden Prairie
(click here for PDF map of Riley Lake Park)

2015 Regatta Photos
2013 Regatta Photos
2012 Regatta Photos
2011 Regatta Photos
2010 Regatta Photos
2009 Regatta Photos

2009 Solar Boat Regatta Overview Video

2015 Regatta Video  feat. drone footage (by Virginia Engineer Club)

At the MRES' Solar Boat Regatta teams demonstrate knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design and build boats powered by the sun. They compete in a number of races, culminating with a one-hour endurance race.

Solar-Powered Boats Compete in:

  • Speed Races!
  • Slalom Races!
  • Endurance Races!

This event has given hundreds of middle and high school students, and others willing to step up to the challenge, valuable and unique experience with solar electricity, wiring, motors, fluid dynamics, boat design, construction, and teamwork. By racing the solar powered boat that they have built, students experience the thrill of competition and the pride of accomplishment that comes with creating something useful and fun.

A solar boat makes use of the sun's radiation. The solar energy must be received exclusively by on-board transducers (photovoltaic cells). On-board storage and conversion into intermediate forms of energy (electric energy storage in batteries) are permitted. The boats must not be designed to use forms of energy other than solar — no wind, no human power, no gas engine power, no additional batteries, and no additional PV cells.

•  Student Class: Grades 6–12
•  Adult Class: Individuals or groups not associated with a school
•  Experimental/Exhibition Class: Boats that exceed the criteria listed in the Rules.


Congratulations 2015 Winners!

Student Class:

1st Place – Avalon School, "Sea Dragon"
2nd Place – Sanford Middle School “The Neon Orange People”

Experimental Class:

1st Place – Virginia High School “Sea Devil”
2nd Place – Orono Middle School “Sigma Omicron Lambda Alpha Rho”

Additional Awards:

Best New Student Class Boat (tie) - Friends School of Minnesota “USIAN Boat”
                                                 Virginia High School “SS Blue Devil”

Best New Experimental Class Boat -
Virginia High School “Sea Devil”
Spectators Choice Award - Orono Middle School “Mini ORONO”
Website Design Winner - Virginia High School


MRES will be seeking volunteers who would like a great day outdoors!
Check back in early 2015 for more info.

More Information

More information for the Solar Boat Regatta is available in the PDF documents below:

Promotional Flyer



Required Items

Registration Form

Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement

Invitation to Educators

Volunteer Opportunities

80 W Solar Panel Kit w/ Charge Controller and Inverter
(This is a good example for those looking for a kit to help them get started on building their boat's power source.)


•  Registration Fee: $25 (through April 3, 2015)
•  Registration Fee: $50 (April 4–May 4, 2015)

Please Click here to Register your Boat


For questions about the Solar Boat Regatta, contact the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society at or (612) 308-4757.