We know what you're thinking, "Wow! This sounds so fun now how do I sign up?" Great question, see the below for what to do next.
Step 1: Read the PEP Rules.
Step 2: Check out the recruiting resources.
Step 3: Sign up to be a part of PEP 2023.
- If you would like to be a PEP competition team fill out this form. It's designed for both teams and sponsors, so if you are only signing up a team, then you will only complete the first 2-3 inches. Please email it back to email@example.com. To receive your check, your university will also have to submit a W-9 tax form (we can help if this is challenging!).
- If you would like to be a PEP industry sponsor fill out this form and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 4: Consider the educational opportunities this Fall and start connecting with local businesses that can provide in-kind donations and mantorship.
Fall 2022 goal: Strong design and production process presented to faculty and mentors. Start fabrication processes.
To help you along your way, please watch the advice from PEP alumnus Mr. Joshua Stickel from George Mason University. These - recording and downloads include a hull design that you may choose to use in order for your team to focus more on the electric propulsion design.
Spring 2023 goal: Complete the fabrication and testing of each component and the integrated system.
Need to spread the word across campus?
You can use our generic PEP flyer or this team-recruitment flyer. You can also use this editable flyer to share your recruitment details.
For questions, please contact: email@example.com.
2022 Competition information which we are updating for 2023 2022 Route
Updated Spring 2022 rules
We are working on the 2023 rules and will release them August 1, 2022.
The competition course will begin and end within Pohick Bay Regional Park to the left of the boat launch. Each boat is tasked with completing 5 laps (1 mile per lap) with turns defined by the buoys at either end of the course (see image below). This short track course will allow for maximum visibility by MACC attendees and safety of those competing. Participants can gather along the edge of the auxiliary parking lot and may use the Eagle Nest facilities as a place to get water, snacks, and some shade.
This Spring, we reconfigured the course to be on the bayside of the boat launch (rather than between the boat launch and the Potomac River). As of today, we are using these GPS coordinates for the course.
Start: 38.680247, -77.165448 - Buoy 2: 38.68223710587, -77.17434028973
Because this waterway is publicly accessible, we do need to abide by public boating regulations:
- Register your boat in your state and you can use it in the state of Virginia
- Ensure your race-day captain has a boating license. Virginia will recognize any other state's boating license and you can also take these online options to get your boat license from Virginia-approved companies.
Participants in the competition will be tasked with completing 5 laps of a short <1 mile out and back circuit in relatively protected waters. The competition is open to both manned and unmanned vessels, but participation is subject to compliance with all USCG regulations. Manned and unmanned vessels will race separately for safety reasons. Additionally, the competition organizers reserve the right to decline any vessel water access if safety concerns are present.
The competition will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, thus ensuring our competitors can join the in-person race before heading on to their jobs and internships. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the nearby boat ramp and have their boat race-ready after 15 minutes in the water. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of the must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space.
The 2022 Course
The competition course will begin and end at the ASNE-provided buoy to the northwest of the boat launch at Pohick Bay Regional Park. The buoy will be large and painted orange. The western buoy will have the same construction and be spaced one-half mile apart. Each boat is tasked with completing 5 laps (approximately 1 mile per lap) with turns defined by these two buoys spaced one-half mile (see image below). This short track course will allow for maximum visibility by PEP attendees and safety of those competing. Participants will be able to register soon so that we have an accurate head count to manage the day's events.
Download a copy of the 2022 competition rules here. Teams should also be mindful of the USCG Safety Rules.
As part of the PEP program, up to $7,000 technology mini-grants will be awarded to collegiate participants to encourage further innovation in electric power for small craft.
Top 3 Winners will be awarded cash prize in each class, and see the Competition Rules for more details about the awards.
Teams Committed to the 2022 PEP Competition (PDF of Rules)
- University of Pittsburgh
- Wake Forest University
- University of Michigan - e-Jetski
- North Carolina A&T - Water Aggies
- Old Dominion University
- Princeton University - Papillon Rouge
- Texas A&M
- University of Kentucky
- Washington College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Michigan Solar Sea
- Virginia Tech
- Tennessee Tech
- University of Washington - Bothell
- Widener University
- University of Georgia
- Stevens Institute
As part of the PEP program, up to $7,000 technology mini-grants will be awarded to participants to encourage further innovation in electric power for small craft. Top 3 Winners will be awarded $2,000, $1,000, and $500 in each class. There are also special engineering awards for teams displaying innovative engineering.
More Details about Pohick Bay Regional Park
There are numerous accommodations nearby and there are cabins on site that you may choose to rent. Please note that ASNE is helping to facilitate your travel, but you will need to be responsible to plan and budget for this travel.
If you choose to arrive earlier than Tuesday, we welcome you to stop by the ASNE offices or take in some of the regional sites
Liability and Photo Release All competitors must complete the liability and photo release included on the last page of the downloadable competition rules. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must also sign.