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2017 Concrete Canoe Competition

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1:10pm

Author: Old Town

Last month, universities from all over New England converged on the icy waters of southern New England to take part in a regional qualifying tournament for one of the nation’s more unique competitions – concrete canoe racing.

Students from the nation’s top civil engineering programs formed teams to design and build water-ready vessels entirely out of concrete, and race their designs against other schools. The top teams qualify for the national tournament later this year. 

Concrete Canoe 2

The competition, organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was a huge success! The winning boat weighted in at just 120 pounds. 

Concrete Canoe 3

Old Town was proud to support the team from Roger Williams University’s by donating paddles to the cause. Their boat measured 18ft long, weighed in at a whopping 357 pounds, and came in 7th place overall.

Concrete Canoe 4

Congratulations to RWU’s engineering students, and everyone who participated in this truly special competition.

TAG(S): canoe, canoe racing, concrete, ASCE, engineering

Comments (1)

  • Dennis says:

    Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:39pm

    Your initial lead in to your story said something to the effect of, "you wouldn't believe how much the 1st place boat weighed." I read the story and seem to have missed the rest of the story and stats of the other competitors. Would have been a fascinating story without the abbreviation of details..... Cheers, Dennis

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