June 16, 2007

Day 4 - Sprint Finals

Day four of Solar Splash was a long, but satisfying day. Everyone got an early start due to some uncertainty with the weather. The potential for thunderstorms drove organizers to postpone the endurance races until Sunday, and have the Sprints today. Being prepared for anything, we hooked up the boat in its sprint configuration and made certain to get the most charge in our batteries.

Our race time was at 1:40pm so we had plenty of time to unwind and have some time to mingle with other teams. We all set off to see what setups and advice other more experienced teams could offer. We will take this all back to Pittsburgh to help generate concepts for the 2008 competition.

The endurance heats will take place tomorrow beginning at 9:00am. Each heat is two hours long and is weighted the most. We feel confident in how the boat will perform during both heats. Our propulsion system is working just as we want, and the batteries/solar array is too. I will report on how Nessie fairs tomorrow in the endurance, and then how CMSS placed in Solar Splash 2007.

Just as a side note, another thank you goes out to the Rockwell and Wedler families who have taken incredible care of the team this week. They fed us (BBQ!) again at the same state park we went to last night. They have been wicked (this is a Maine term for excellent/awesome). Thanks needs to be extended to all of our supporters across the country. If not for your support, we would have not been in any position to accomplish all we've done thus far.

Mike making sure we get the sprint batteries charged to their maximum before the race

CMSS played a game of touch football from some of the Istanbul team members. It was great and I think there will be a rematch next year!

Mike and Ming work on the throttle to ensure it doesn't slip or over rotate during the spring race. Lluis noted that it was a huge improvement.

During the sprint, we raced against two other teams, ETS and USC. We were in the far lane.

The official Solar Splash 2007 logo and t-shirt color. Very nice

Gordo, Andrew, and some others getting ready to watch the sprint finals between Arkansas, Cedarville, and USC

Mark, Ryan, Jen, Riddhi, and Mumma Wedler awaiting the sprint finals too.

Mumma Rockwell, Curls (Paul), and Josh(ua) cooking up some tasty wings for dinner.

Lluis likes birthday cake.... maybe a little too much! He didn't win the mini eating contest however. Ryan was crowned as the current champion.

A movie of the sprint between ETS, USC, and CMU

Final note: We are currently in 7th place overall and 15 points above last year's total score. A lot will be riding on tomorrow's endurance performance. Wish us luck!


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