Water splashed underneath the Riverside Poly High School boat as senior Natalie Jones piloted it across Lake Skinner under a sun-drenched sky early Friday.
“We’ve got a new steering system this year so I had to get used to that,” said Jones after an endurance race qualifier. “It was real easy turning. I had to get used to not (touching) it when I was going straight.”
Poly is one of 38 teams of high school students from across Southern California taking part in the three-day Solar Cup, a solar-powered boat competition now in it’s 14th year.