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DONG Energy Solar Challenge - Prologue & Sprint

The first day is over, but not without a struggle. The prologue started with high speeds but ended soon with water plants in the propulsion system, reaching the Furia III took 15 minutes and after it was finally reached it took another 5 minutes to remove all derbies. The second time the ship was even harder to reach taking even more time. In the end we did not manage to reach the minimal required average speed of 10km/h. (un)fortunately we were not alone and the jury announced that all teams are allowed to retake the average speed test in the first stage tomorrow (blauwestad to groning).


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DONG Energy Solar Challenge - Swimming test

A little anxious for the cold water at fist but we passed the swimming test! Just like most other teams. Next up: 11:45 sailing test, let’s hope most organic material has left the “Oldambtmeer”. First some relaxing.
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DONG Energy Solar Challenge Day 1 - internet

After 20 minutes of fiddling around we have a internet connection for all our social media needs! The internet subscription (20Mb down / 2Mb up) is sponsored by Hertzinger - Leusden and the hardware by I-sat – Bolsward. Pay a visit to their website and discover the solutions they offer for events like this or rural areas where broadband landside connections are unavailable.

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DONG Energy Solar Challenge DAY 1

We arrived just in time for the technical inspection, and passed all of them at once! After sealing the battery tomorrow we are ready for the race. The last beds are inflated and the internet dish is pointed, short said; base camp is ready!

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Pre DONG solarboat tuning

The DONG Energy Solar Challenge is coming and we are in full optimization mode, testing testing and more testing. We did an endurance test of 20 km on rough water to simulate what we expect during the race in the open waters of Groningen.

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Warehouse sponsor

Now that the DONG Energy Solar Challenge is coming we are busy working on multiple solarboats at the same time. We are very pleased with Bouwbedrijf Lont for sponsoring a big warehouse only 500 meters away from MG Electroics, this enables us to work faster and more efficient!

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Drone fleet expanded

Due to the great response of our drone footage we multiplied our fleet by four, hopefully the quality of the footage will increase with the same ratio!

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Succes! We are flying again!

We were a little skeptical at first, but the small hydrofoils are more than capable of carrying the Furia III. Here a screenshot of the MG Energy Portal showing the telemetry data coming real-time from the Furia III in flight. Unfortunately we have to hide the power data to keep the competition in the unknown (of the performance)……

In a couple of days we will publish more pictures!

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New flying gear

Last weekend we finally had time to replace all components that propell the furia III in flight. As of today we have new: propellers, gears, shafts, motor, smaller hydrofoils (40%) and a rudder that is 30% thinner than the previous. Every component is designed and improved by the team, it is a complete new generation of hydrofoil gear!

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Recap video of the first day at the Dutch Championship Akkrum

The CLAFIS Private Energy Solar Boat Team participated in the NK solar race in Akkrum. This is the video compilation of the best material we shot during the first day. The recap video of the second day will be ready and published in a week!

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New promo video Solar1 Monaco

A nice promo video of the upcoming solar1 race in Monaco. It shows some spectacular video material of our first solar racing test in Monaco!

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Dutch Championship Akkrum "Rondje Akkrum"

Almost all participants of the Dutch championship Akkrum must know this route by heart by now, and now you can join them. After a full hour of racing we placed a camera for you to see what the team captain of the Furia III saw the last 15 minutes. Sit back and enjoy!

The goal of the race in the video was to sail as many laps as possible during 75 minutes, we managed to do 20 laps with an average spectacular speed of 28 km/h

Discover the route here.

A recap videos of the event will apear on this blog soon!

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Dutch Championship Akkrum "Sprint" finish

A recap video is still to come but this video shows our performance at the sprint during the Dutch Championship Akkrum. The video was shot at the finish of the sprint game first showing Gerard van der Schaar pushing the Furia III to 45km/h and a few seconds later Mark Scholten in the Furia II sailing at about 29km/h.

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Cheking back the log files we confirmed that we broke our speed record with 1 km/h, our new record stands at 45 km/h!

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