Considering entering the Everglades Challenge this year after years as a spectator. Confused though. Some places on the websites say the solar electric is no longer an option. Yet the rules still have it as an option.
Is the open class with solar electric still a class? Two of us are considering using Windrider 17's. And considering the solar / electric option if it is available.
From the rules:
Class 6: Exhibition Small Craft
From time-to-time WaterTribe will include one or more exhibition classes. These will always be kayaks, canoes, or small craft but they may have other aspects outside our normal rules.
Exhibition Class boats are not considered “in the race” but must meet and follow all other rules. They must be inspected, check in on schedule, carry all required safety equipment and so on.
For example, a current exhibition class uses auxiliary electric propulsion in combination with other standard WaterTribe propulsion methods. Any boat that would normally fit in class 1-5 and has an electric motor goes in class 6. Electric/Solar Exhibition Rules:
1. Primary means of propulsion is human or wind powered.
2. Auxiliary propulsion is from an electric motor.
3. Batteries with solar panels, human powered generators, wind powered generators, or water powered generators are allowed.
4. Batteries may arrive at the starting line fully charged.
5. Once the boat is placed on the starting line NO CHARGING FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES OR SHORE POWER is allowed for the duration of the event. The only exception is solar panels that are installed on the boat and stay on or in the boat for the duration.
6. Just to be clear – NO CHARGING from internal combustion generators or shore power is allowed at any time during the event.