“Saturday we sailed an online Young Solar Challenge race in the Tjonger (Sluis II Jubbega).
Sven Bergsma sailed with our solar boat 9.17 kilometres in the 1 hour race time! In the process of charging the batteries, something went wrong. Our battery charger indicated that our batteries were full, but this turned out not to be the case and we found this out later. Despite this obstacle on our way to the championship, we still have hope! In the coming week we will solve this and we will make sure that we are 100% ready for the upcoming race weekend in Franeker!
Despite the opposition during the race we used a good tactic which helped us to get to this, nevertheless, beautiful distance. Our tactic was to start at average speed and to take a final sprint at the end. And we were just in time, because when we were hoisting the boat out of the water, there was a big black cloud hanging over Lock II. A little later it poured down from the sky.
We finished 11th in this race. Overall, we are now in 10th place!”