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NEWSLETTER TÉCNICO SOLAR BOAT

WE DID IT! We made it to our first competition - Monaco Solar & Electric Challenge (July, 2017) - and we’re ready to tell you all the details of this major journey.

TRIMARINE The days prior to the competition were really tough for our team. We were working 24/7 at TRIMARINE to guarantee that we had the boat ready for the competition. It was going to take place in Monaco from the 13th to the 1 5th o f J u l y a n d L A S O TRANSPORTES was going to pick up the boat on the morning of the 10th of July to begin its trip to Monaco. It was the night of July 9th and the team was still in the

shipyard working non-stop. At some point of the night some of us started losing hope but we never stopped. No one slept that night, everyone was around the boat’s hull, sanding it and preparing it to be painted. Eventually, we got to painting it but then realized that we wouldn’t be able to work on it for a few hours. This delayed the assembly of all the components on the hull. Nevertheless, we continued working on the other elements which needed to be completed for the final assembly. Time went by and we were approaching our deadline. LASO was almost arriving and we knew there was still work left to do but we weren’t giving up. Later on, we secured the hull to our trailer and then set the trailer on to LASO’s truck when it arrived. We also had to attach the panel of the

solar panels to the trailer as it was to big to transport it in our own cars. After checking that everything was well fixed, the truck left. There was still a whole load of work to finish and we were leaving for Monaco the following day, roughly an 18-hour drive. We stayed there a couple more hours until we had to eventually leave to prepare for the trip. Tuesday morning, 11th of July, we were all at TRIMARINE preparing the materials and tools that were going to be needed in Monaco. By the afternoon, we had already packed everything and were ready to begin our long journey. After the 18-hour drive we finally arrived in Ventimiglia, Italy, near the French border where we would be staying for the duration of the competition. !1


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DAY 1 Thursday morning, 13th of July, we headed off to Yacht Club Monaco where the competition was being held. It was the first day of the Solar Challenge and it was mainly for the jury to check the various components and safety factors of the boat.

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When we got there our boat hadn’t arrived yet. Anyway, we began preparing everything for the boat’s arrival and also started working on the components that we had brought with us. A few hours later our boat arrived safe and sound. The jury was rather worried when they realised how far

back we were from completing the whole assembly. In spite of this, we assured them that we would finish the boat in time for the first race. As the jury left, we knew we had to work nonstop in order to get everything done in time. We spent the rest of the day and night organizing the battery

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box, setting up the direction system, isolating our engine, developing a deck wave deflector, fixing the solar panels to the panel, and finally applying the vinyl on the boat.

DAY 2 We stayed up until 10 am which was when the jury

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would stop by and check if everything was functional. We managed to have everything assembled and finish upon their arrival. The jury was definitely surprised when they saw a totally finished boat and congratulated us for being persistent and concluding everything despite how behind we were. After they

had checked everything our boat was ready to hit the water. At this time, the endurance race was beginning so we were going to be late for it. We carried the boat to the water and it was time to test it. Our pilot entered the boat and was ready to start the engine. This was one of the

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most decisive moments for our team as it was the first time we were testing our boat. If the motor failed, we couldn’t compete. As we started to see the propeller spinning we were ecstatic. The boat was navigating through the water so smoothly that we couldn’t believe our eyes. It was definitely one of the most remarkable moments of this entire journey. After testing it out, we realized that we were going to need more time to adjust the angles of the hydrofoils. As we were already late for the race we made a team decision to participate without the foils, although there was a great chance of them working. About half an hour had past of the endurance race but we still wanted to compete so we entered the race even though we were late. We spent the whole race cheering our team as it surpassed the other boats. Our team had an outstanding result! We were placed 5th out of 9 teams in the A Class, in which we were competing. Considering both classes we were ranked 10th out of a total of 21 teams in this race which is a great score due to the conditions in which we participated. At the afternoon, the speed race was being held. Our boat reached an average of speed of about 25km per hour which gave us the 4th place in the A Class and an impressive 8th place out of all teams.

There were no more races that day so the team decided to test out the hydrofoils. All of a sudden we heard a loud noise coming from the boat and the engine stopped working. Unfortunately, we had an isolation problem in our motor which damaged it permanently. This made it impossible for us to continue on competing in the remaining two races. This put the team down as we believed that the manoeuvrability of the boat was one of our biggest strengths and it would be tested on the following race, the slalom. Our team was really devastated after having the most amazing day.

OVERALL SCORES

& PRIZE GIVING Our team’s overall score in the Monaco Solar and Electric Challenge was 7th place in the A Class and 14th place in both classes. Besides the problem with the engine our team is really glad with the overall performance of our boat. It exceeded all our expectations and was worth the whole year of hard work. In the prize ceremony, Charles Terrin, the logistics and event coordinator at Yacht Club Monaco, surprised us with a warming speech about our team mentioning our perseverance to finish the boat. He then offered us an agenda saying

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“…so you can plan ahead next year…”. It was also an unforgettable moment for our team and for that we would like to thank all the organization of the competition.

THANK YOU! We would like to thank all our sponsors for helping us with this project, they were a key factor to conclude our boat. We would also like to thank all the professors which were involved by giving us more knowledge on certain subjects which were essential to develop the boat. Last but not least, we would like to thank Instituto Superior Técnico for all the support they have given us throughout this project. 


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Newsletter Monaco Edition 2017  

A detailed description of the moments prior and during the competition in Monaco Solar and Electric Challenge 2017.

Newsletter Monaco Edition 2017  

A detailed description of the moments prior and during the competition in Monaco Solar and Electric Challenge 2017.

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