Last weekend the 2017 solar boat racing season was opened in Akkrum by the Eneco Solar Boat Race NK 2017. The two day race event comprised three challenges: a 52 km endurance race on Friday May 26th, a 1 hour lap race on Saturday May 27th, followed by a 350 meter sprint race for the grand finale. The weighted results of all three elements were taken into account to determine the overall winner.
After a winter spent indoors improving our Furia, we were eager to get back in the water and put our efforts to the test. The sun shone bright, our hopes were high and we started off quite well, setting a new record in the endurance race of 1 hour and 45 minutes. But then our fortunes turned. Early in the lap race we ran into some debris under water and our propellor got hit. Upon investigation we found out it was severely damaged, wrecked beyond repair. It seemed the race was over.
But if there’s one thing we’ve learned in all these years of racing, it’s to to never give up. Through the worst of setbacks, our team has developed a handy habit of carrying spare parts, for just about anything. Including a propellor. Within seven minutes the prop was switched, the boat back in the water, and the pursuit well on its way.
We were on the brink of dropping out. And for a while it seemed as if we’d finish last. But our team pushed through on sheer determination. Once again, our Furia finished first. Furthermore, we won the sprint race. For the fourth time, we secured the Dutch championship.
We’d like to thank Eneco Zonnebootrace for another fantastic event. We enjoyed the challenge and are proud to have won!