The Competition 2022 Route
The 2022 competition will be held at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Occoquan, Virginia on May 26, 2022. The images in this tab show that the water is a protected bay off of the Potomac River, and we have visited the site enough to know that the water behaves very similarly to Arundel Creek, so the 2021 competition videos are still a good representation of the water conditions you should anticipate on race day. 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 raceday 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, include reflecting tape and can include additional markings as required by your unmanned crafts (just let ASNE know!). 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
- Tennessee Tech
- Johns Hopkins University
- Michigan Solar Sea
- Virginia 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.