Solar Cup™ 2019: Race Day Is Coming

Hundreds of teachers, students and volunteers to flock to Lake Skinner for 17th annual solar boat racing competition

LOS ANGELES--()--Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:



After seven months of hard work, ingenuity and collaboration, more than 400 students from 40 Southern California high schools will put solar-powered boats they built to the test during Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 17th annual Solar Cup. The teams from San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties will spend a weekend at Lake Skinner in the Temecula Valley, where they will race their 16-foot-long, solar-powered boats.



May 17-19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, May 17, boat inspections and qualifying events
Saturday, May 18, two 90-minute endurance heats around a 1.6 kilometer course
Sunday, May 19, two 200-meter sprint races and awards


Lake Skinner, Temecula Valley. Take Interstate 15 to Rancho California Road at Temecula, go 10 miles northeast to main gate, follow signs to site.


Each day of Solar Cup features students, decked out in team shirts and hats, working on, launching and racing solar-powered, single-man boats. A media boat is available to take reporters, photographers and television/cable crews onto the lake for close-up footage. B-roll footage also is available via an FTP site. In addition, the competition includes student-produced water conservation videos and social media campaigns.

Note: Student teams are putting the final touches on their boats and will test them in the water in various locations this weekend. See attached sheet for a list of schools. Call for testing details and to arrange pre-event coverage.



Solar Cup began in 2002 with eight teams and about 100 students. In the 17 years since, it has grown into the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Students learn about water resource management, alternative energy development and sustainability and have been inspired to pursue degrees and careers in math, physics, engineering and environmental science.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

Member Agency Sponsor   Team/High School   City
Anaheim Public Utilities   Anaheim High School   Anaheim
Burbank Water & Power   Burbank High School   Burbank
Long Beach Water Department   Cabrillo High School   Long Beach
Las Virgenes MWD   Calabasas High School   Calabasas
Western MWD* #   Centennial High School   Corona
West Basin MWD #   Centinela Valley Union High SD   Lawndale
Inland Empire Utilities Agency*   Chino Hills High School   Chino Hills
City of Compton   Compton High School   Compton
Municipal Water District of Orange County*   Costa Mesa High School   Costa Mesa
San Diego County Water Authority   Del Lago Academy   Escondido
Three Valleys MWD*   Diamond Ranch High School   Pomona
Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD   Don Bosco Technical Institute   Rosemead
Central Basin MWD   Downey High School   Downey
Western MWD* #   Eastvale STEM Academy @ Roosevelt HS   Corona
Western MWD*   Elsinore HS / Lakeside HS / Temescal Canyon HS   Wildomar
Three Valleys MWD*   Ganesha High School   Pomona
Eastern MWD*   Hemet USD Team (West Valley HS; Western Science Ctr; Hemet HS)   Hemet
San Diego County Water Authority   High Tech High North County   San Marcos
Pasadena Water & Power   John Muir High School   Pasadena
Foothill MWD*   La Cañada High School   La Cañada Flintridge
West Basin MWD   Lennox Math, Science & Technology Academy   Lennox
Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD   Los Altos High School   Hacienda Heights
Inland Empire Utilities Agency*   Los Osos High School   Rancho Cucamonga
Anaheim Public Utilities #   Magnolia High School   Anaheim
Long Beach Water Department   McBride High School   Long Beach
West Basin MWD   Mira Costa High School   Manhattan Beach
Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD   Mountain View High School   El Monte
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power   Narbonne High School   Harbor City
Three Valleys MWD*   Nogales High School   La Puente
Western MWD*   Norte Vista High School   Riverside
Las Virgenes MWD #   Oaks Christian School   Westlake Village
Municipal Water District of Orange County*   Oxford Academy   Cypress
West Basin MWD   Palos Verdes High School   Palos Verdes Estates
Eastern MWD*   Perris Union High SD Team (Heritage HS; Perris HS)   Romoland
Three Valleys MWD* #   Pomona High School   Pomona
Eastern MWD* #   San Jacinto Valley Academy   San Jacinto
Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD #   Sierra Vista High School   Baldwin Park
Eastern MWD*   Temecula Valley USD Team (Chaparral HS / Great Oak HS)   Temecula
Inland Empire Utilities Agency*   Upland High School   Upland
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power   Venice HS STEMM Magnet   Los Angeles

* Has Co-Sponsor(s)

# Rookie Team


Maritza Fairfield, (213) 217-6853; (909) 816-7722, mobile
Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450; (202) 821-5253, mobile


Maritza Fairfield, (213) 217-6853; (909) 816-7722, mobile
Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450; (202) 821-5253, mobile