About Solar Boat Regatta
The University of Applied Science Wildau, in collaboration with the Wassersportclub Wildau e.V. and the Solarbootverein Deutschland e.V., is organizing the "Wildauer Solarbootregatta" on September 9, 2023, at the Dahme riverbank (Villa am See - Klubhaus & Hafen).
The solar boat regatta is being held for the eighth time and attracts participants from Germany, Poland, Hungary, and other countries. The race venue is located just 600 meters from the University of Applied Science Wildau campus, providing the teams with a challenging course to test their skills.
This year, the starting field will be divided into three categories for boats according to the regulations of the European Solar Boat Championship. Participants will compete against each other in a slalom and sprint race (2 runs each) in the morning. In the afternoon, endurance takes center stage: The boats are supposed to complete as many laps as possible within two hours.
The solar boat regatta offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience water sports with modern renewable technology. Food and beverages will be available in good weather. Spectators will have an excellent view of the racing action due to the proximity of the venue and can cheer on the teams.
We invite you to join us on September 9, 2023, for the "Wildauer Solarbootregatta" and cheer on the teams as they compete for victory.
Would you like to participate with a team in the solar boat regatta or support our event? Please feel free to contact us!
Solar Boat Regatta 2023 - Schedule
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome by TH Wildau President (Prof. Ulrike Tippe) and Mayor of the City of Wildau (Mr. Frank Nerlich)
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Sprint with 2 runs each
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Duel with 2 runs each
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Long-distance race lasting 2 hours
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Since 2011, students, pupils, and private enthusiasts of solar boat teams have been meeting annually in Brandenburg to participate in the sporting competition under the European regulations. The events are organized by the Solarboatverein Deutschland e.V. and take place on the Werbellinsee and the Finow Canal in Eberswalde.
For the eighth time, the University of Applied Sciences Wildau, under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Reiff-Stephan (founding member of the Solarboatverein Deutschland e.V. (solarbootverein.de)) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Köthe, will host the regatta on the Dahme. The organization and implementation of the event is supported by the "Villa am See Wildau" and the "Wassersportclub Wildau," as well as the student council of the University of Applied Sciences Wildau and many helpers from the region (City of Wildau, German Red Cross, Fire Department, etc.).
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The TUniversity of Applied Science Wildau has defined four participation classes for the 2023 regatta. The specifications are based on international standards but are specifically tailored to the regatta on the Dahme. We look forward to participants from the following classes:
- Young Solar (Wildau) - Maximum power of solar cells of 375 watts, maximum boat length of 6.5 m, maximum boat width of 2.4 m, energy storage of maximum 2 kWh, maximum speed of 10 km/h. The boats can be made of any material.
- VCx (Wildau) - Maximum power of solar cells of 1250 watts, maximum boat length of 6.5 m, maximum boat width of 2.4 m, energy storage of maximum 4 kWh, minimum speed of 8 km/h. The boats can be made of any material.
- Open Class - Maximum power of solar cells of 2300 watts, maximum boat length of 8 m, maximum boat width of 2.4 m, energy storage of maximum 6 kWh, minimum speed of 8 km/h. The boats can be made of any material.
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The participants compete against each other in three competitions. These are:
- Speed - A straight distance of 200m must be covered from the start, followed by a turn and then another 200m to the finish line. The total distance should be covered in the shortest possible time.
- Duel - Two boats compete against each other in a duel and must complete a small course.
- Endurance - The goal is to cover the longest possible distance within two hours.
Background and History of the Solarboat RegattaOpen areaClose area
In April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a never-before-seen environmental catastrophe caused by humans, prompted many to rethink and reorient their ways. At Max-Beckmann-Oberschule in Berlin, chemistry and physics teacher Norbert Wilms concluded that renewable energy had to be integrated into our lives and education. The idea of building solar boats with his students quickly emerged, not far from Lake Tegel, to bring theory to life in an exciting way. The birth of the Solarboat Races was approaching, and on September 3, 1988, the first solarboat regatta – probably worldwide – took place, attracting the first curious participants over the years. The once Berlin/Hamburg event quickly grew into an internationally respected event, attracting more boats and enthusiasts to sports venues in Germany and abroad every year.