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Annual Concrete Boat Race 2014


Photo - Michelle FickPhoto - Michelle FickA new venue greeted the hundreds of students, members and their guests at this year's Annual Concrete Boat Race Day.

Benoni Sailing Club at Homestead Lake, in Benoni was selected because of its prime location, generous size and it amenities – all of which easily accommodated this growing event in the Inland Branch calendar of activities.

The day itself started perfectly with the sun rising over the lake with a cool breeze, promising to keep everyone comfortable on this potentially hot spring day. The 40 or so concrete boats were lined up along the lakeside, having been carefully and enthusiastically constructed to new rules by university students and industry companies throughout the region.

First came the judging of the students' construction projects and four judges were on hand to adjudicate. The project required the university students to design and construct cement-based crafts of the '2-person paddle-ski' kind and the judges this year were:

  • Jacques Smith – Go Consult
  • George Evans – PPC Cement
  • Marius Grassman – Concrete Testing Equipment
  • Hennie van Heerden – Sephaku Cement

The construction of the boats was carried out to very strict criteria, the most important of which was that they must float! The design was amended this year to a 2-person craft which provided additional challenges to the students in terms of design. The boats had to be made from a freely available, commonly-used cement, mortar or concrete. Lightweight aggregate could be used, and the binding agent had to be predominantly cementitious in composition.

Limited quantities of other materials were allowed, provided that they did not replace the binding action of the cement. The strength and stiffness of the boat had to be entirely due to the cementing action between hardened concrete or mortar and its reinforcement. Non-concrete parts were not allowed to contribute to the strength or structural integrity of the boat and could be removed at the judges' discretion.

The prize winners in the construction category were as follows:

 

Position

Boat name

Academic Institution

Sponsors

1st

Mastercrafts

University of Johannesburg

BASF, Go Consult

2nd

The Kraken

University of Johannesburg

Metier Mixed Concrete, SIKA, Stefanutti Stocks

3rd

Torpedo

University of Johannesburg

Lafarge, Ash Resources

 

 

Winning Boat – Construction CategoryWinning Boat – Construction Category  Runner Up – Construction CategoryRunner Up – Construction Category  3rd Place – Construction Category3rd Place – Construction Category

Winning Boat Construction CategoryWinning Boat Construction Category  Runner Up Boat Construction CategoryRunner Up Boat Construction Category  3rd Place Boat Construction Category3rd Place Boat Construction Category

 

Once the judging was over, the racing began, led by Johan van Wyk, Committee Member and MC for the day, who ably steered the various heats to reach the stage where 3 'final' races decided the winners in the Student, Industry and Ladies categories. The racing was very competitive, and different shapes and buoyancies of the boats soon sorted fast-moving craft from the slow. Races took the form of relays where an 8-person relay team paddled 4 legs across a pre-determined course on the lake.

After all the heats and the finals had been held, the winners in each category were as follows:

 

Student Race

Boat Name

Academic Institution

1st

The Kraken

University of Johannesburg

2nd

Glow in the Dark

University of Johannesburg

3rd

Smarties

University of Johannesburg

Industry Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Herbie

Ash Resources (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Ash Lethabo

Ash Resources (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Lafarge Heavyweights

Lafarge

Ladies Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

AfriSam Ladies

AfriSam

2nd

Smarties

Mapei

Quickest Sinker

Boat Name

Organisation

5 seconds

The Ankor

Group Five

 
 Monetary prizes for the top 3 students' construction projects, were donated by PPC Cement, and presented to the winners by the Inland Branch Chairperson, Andrew Schmidt.

A special award, donated by the Southern African Readymix Association, was presented to Deon Kruger from the University of Johannesburg for being the lecturer that registered the greatest number of students and boats.

Medals were awarded to the first three teams in the boat race categories.

The Inland Branch of the Concrete Society would like to thank all the Sponsors for their generous contribution to, and continuing support of, the Annual Boat Race Day!
View the list of Event Sponsors.

Thanks also to the Benoni Sailing Club for the use of their facilities; National Paramedics for their usual excellent support on the day; Life Savers; Francois Bain and his Diving team and Quentin Turner, John Sheath and Michelle Fick for the photographs.

 

Boat Race 2014 Prize-giving

 1st Place Student Race1st Place Student Race  2nd Place Student Race2nd Place Student Race  3rd Place Student Race3rd Place Student Race

1st Place Industry1st Place Industry  2nd Place Industry2nd Place Industry  3rd Place Industry3rd Place Industry

1st Place Ladies1st Place Ladies  2nd Place Ladies2nd Place Ladies  Quickest SinkerQuickest Sinker

Winning LecturerWinning Lecturer  MedalsMedals  Construction Award trophyConstruction Award trophy

 

 

Boat Race 2014 General Event - Photo Gallery
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