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Annual Concrete Boat Race 2013


 CrowdsNo wind and 29oC welcomed visitors to this year’s Inland Branch Concrete Boat Race Day at Germiston Lake, a perfect day for 'paddling'. Lining the lakeside at the Victoria Lake Club were concrete enthusiasts from industry and academia all keen on cheering their favourite team in the various races to come.

But first, the judging of the students' construction projects needed to be done and with the high number of entries this year, four judges were on hand to adjudicate. The projects required the university students to design and construct cement-based crafts of the ‘paddle-ski’ kind and the judges this year were:

 

  • Andries Marais – Chryso-abe
  • Cyril Attwell - Murray & Roberts Group
  • John Roxburgh – The Concrete Institute
  • Colin Kalis - Lafarge SA

 

The construction of the boats was carried out to very strict criteria, the most important of which was that they must float! The boats had to be made from a freely available, commonly-used cement, mortar or concrete. Lightweight aggregate could be used. 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.

Commenting on the standard of construction this year, Colin Kalis, on behalf of all the judges, stated that in the many years he had been adjudicating at this event, the quality had never been better and congratulated the students for their innovation and enthusiasm. The prize winners in the construction category were as follows:

Position

Boat name & Team Captain

Academic Institution

1st

LFGS: Greg Sellers & Leandro Feiteira

University of Johannesburg

2nd

Group 13: Sifiso Dube

University of Johannesburg

3rd

Aqua-Holic: Thorn Basson

University of Johannesburg

 

Winning Boat

Winning Boat - Construction Category

2nd Boat

2nd Place - Construction Category

3rd Boat

3rd Place - 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 a 4-person team paddles a leg each around 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

Cem-Tech

University of Johannesburg

2nd

Zeus Engineering 1

University of Johannesburg

3rd

JARVC (Jarvis)

University of Johannesburg

Industry Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Speed Pro

Ash Resources (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Sub

Ash Resources (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Lightning McQueen

BASF

Ladies Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Racoon

Rocla

2nd

Lightning McQueen

BASF

3rd

Splash Dash

University of Johannesburg

Quickest Sinker

Boat Name

Organisation

20 seconds

Titanium

Prize donated by the Aggregate and Sand Producers' Association of SA (ASPASA

 

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

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 2013 Boat Race Day! To view the list of Sponsors click here

To view video coverage on Concrete.TV, click HERE

 

Boat Race 2013 Prize-giving - Photo Gallery
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Boat Race 2013 General Event - Photo Gallery
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