For the third consecutive year, the UW Concrete Canoe Team won the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Regional Conference and qualifies for the National Concrete Canoe Competition in June. The team paddled their canoe, the Ska’anna, to first place in all of the race categories at the competition in Pocatello, Idaho.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the team, however. Testing in Lake Washington prior to the regional competition revealed critical structural and flotation failures, and emergency repairs began. Repairs were completed in four days and the project remained on schedule
“The emergency repairs was an amazing learning opportunity and the engineering and teamwork involved to pull it all off was incredible,” said team captain Nigel Lyons in true Husky spirit.
The Ska’ana, weighing in at 178 pounds, features a hull designed with a narrow, asymmetric geometry for speed and a moderate, balanced rocker for turning and control.
The National Competition will take place June 20 – 22 in Clemson, South Carolina. Go Huskies!
Pacific NW Regional Conference Results
Design Paper: 1st
Oral Presentation: 2nd
Final Product: 1st
Men’s Endurance: 1st
Women’s Sprints: 1st
Men’s Sprints: 1st