Turning heads at the nation's largest solar boat race last weekend, the La Cañada High School entry wasn't the fastest of the bunch. But it was the most stylish, winning the “Hottest Looking Boat” award among all returning teams at the 2012 Solar Cup competition.
The La Cañada High team, led by science teacher Steven Zimmerman, received the award for the second year in a row.
The Solar Cup competition, hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, requires students to build, equip and race 16-foot single-seat canoes powered only by the sun. From start to the weekend of races, the program lasts seven months.
Races were held from May 18 to 20 on Lake Skinner in Riverside County. Qualifying events were Friday, and on Saturday teams engaged in two 90-minute, 1.4-kilometer endurance races. Sunday saw teams charge their boat's batteries, remove their solar panels and race in sprints down a 200-meter stretch of water.