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Inland Branch Annual Concrete Boat Race 2018


Thunder showers and heavy rain were forecast on the day of this year’s Inland Branch Concrete Boat Race Day, and that’s exactly what it got. Fortunately, the wet weather held until just after the lunch break, but then the heavens opened, and the lightning came.

The judging of the students’ boat construction and some of the racing was able to be completed and the objective of bringing the students together with the industry was still more than met.

This year’s event coincided with Breast Cancer Awareness month and the day was dedicated to South Africa´s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive NPC, which is powering currently the country´s first and only mobile Mammography and Educational Units, driving home the fact that “early detection will help prolong a life”. In support of this, many attending showed their awareness by wearing an array of pink attire.

The day started with the judging of boats that had been constructed by students from UJ, Tukkies and Tshwane University of Technology. The 46 concrete boats were lined up along the lakeside, having been carefully and enthusiastically constructed by the students to prescribed rules in terms of design, dimensions, weight and materials. This year the design theme of the craft was set as a C1 type canoe, as shown below, and had to be constructed in such a way that one person could propel it with a paddle.

The craft also had to be capable of being lifted by only two team members. No buckles or attachments of any nature were allowed which attach individuals to the boat. The deck must NOT have had enclosed the occupant's legs to the extent that it may trap him/her in the case of capsize or sinking. Synthetic materials could be used to provide flotation but could not add to the structural integrity of the craft.

 

 The judges this year were (L to R in photo):

 

  •   Jaco du Plessis – Go-Consult
  •   Albert de Serra - Afrimat
  •   Noel van Breda - ArchSA
  •   Remi de Meyer – Murray & Dickson
  •   Kim Twiname – Royal Haskoning DHV

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The canoes’ design in some cases were perfect examples of sleek craft which one could see would sit well in the water and glide along at some speed. Others however, were more ‘architectural’ in nature and, although quite attractive, proved to be vulnerable on the lake by quickly taking on water and sinking.

 

The prize winners in the construction category were as follows:

 

Position

Boat name

Academic Institution

Sponsors

1st

Mostert Monsters

University of
Pretoria

 

Chryso-abe

2nd

Flying Decker

University of
Johannesburg

 

TDM Corporation

3rd

Masana Crafts

University of
Johannesburg

 

AfriSam/Bantry Construction

 

 Winning Team - Construction Category, with Martin Dube (left) from PPCWinning Team - Construction Category, with Martin Dube (left) from PPC
 Winning Canoe - Construction CategoryWinning Canoe - Construction Category

Runner-Up Team – Construction Category Runner-Up Team – Construction Category
Runner-Up Boat – Construction Category Runner-Up Boat – Construction Category

3rd Place Team – Construction Category3rd Place Team – Construction Category
3rd Place Boat – Construction Category3rd Place Boat – Construction Category

 

Once the judging was over, the racing began, facilitated by Johan van Wyk, Chairman of the Inland Branch and MC for the day, who ably steered the various heats and some of the 'final' races to reveal the winners. Two race finals were not held due to the thunder and lightning which eventually halted the proceedings. The judges formulated a solution to the affected final races to arrive at the winners.

The racing was very competitive, and different shapes and buoyancies of the boats soon sorted out fast-moving craft from the slow. The high winds and choppy water made for difficult paddling and a higher than usual number of sinkings. One canoe was seen at the start to sink 4 times before managing to ‘master the waves’

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

Mostert Monster

University of Pretoria

2nd

Dobbertjie

Tshwane University of Technology

3rd

Vikings

University of Johannesburg

Industry Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Cancer Fighting Ninja Turtles

abe

2nd

Canoa Engineering

Emamex Solutions

3rd

Aquacrafts

Mapei/SAICE

Ladies Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Pink Flamingos

abe

2nd

Pish Up Vikings

Kaytech

3rd

Paphert

University Pretoria

Quickest Sinker

Boat Name

Organisation

7 seconds

Sailing Warriors

University of Johannesburg

‘Best Spirit’ Prize

Boat Name

Organisation

Winner

Vikings (UJ)

Kaytech/Adept Home Improvements

Monetary prizes for the top 3 students' construction projects, and the students’ race were donated by PPC Cement, and represented on the day by Martin Dube from PPC.

 
 

 

Winners – Students race with Tina Coetzee, Vice-Chair of the Inland branchWinners – Students race with Tina Coetzee, Vice-Chair of the Inland branch
Winners – Ladies race with Tina CoetzeeWinners – Ladies race with Tina Coetzee
Winners – Industry race with Tina CoetzeeWinners – Industry race with Tina Coetzee

 
 

John Sheath with Febe MeyerJohn Sheath with Febe MeyerOpening the prize-giving ceremony, Johan van Wyk announced that the event had realised the sum of R7,250 for PinkDrive NPC, and John Sheath, CEO of the Concrete Society confirmed this to Febe Meyer, marketing manager of this organisation who had spent the day with the Society.

She was particularly impressed with the number of people who had demonstrated their awareness with pink attire and other uses of the colour.

Febe expressed her sincere thanks to the Inland branch for their support of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and urged all those present to spread the word regarding the need to provide a free women’s health service to the medically uninsured in South Africa and to advocate for change in the cancer space.

 

Deon Kruger (left) from the University of Johannesburg receives his prize Bryan Perrie, Managing Director, The Concrete InstituteDeon Kruger (left) from the University of Johannesburg receives his prize Bryan Perrie, Managing Director, The Concrete InstituteA special award, donated by The Concrete Institute, was presented to Deon Kruger from the University of Johannesburg by Bryan Perrie, from the Institute, for being the lecturer that registered the greatest number of students and boats.

 

Lead judge, Jaco du Plessis then presented the panel’s overall findings in the adjudication process on the canoe entries. He explained that in the four years he has been involved with the boat race day, this year’s crafts were the best he had seen, all scoring high marks and with eight or nine canoes in line for prizes. Those teams, he said, who had produced new, original canoes were awarded good marks compared to those that had just adapted last year’s entries. Generally, he continued, presentations, boat design, materials used, presentation posters and team spirit were of a very high standard.

 
 

In closing the event, Johan van Wyk thanked all the sponsors of the Boat Race day, being PPC for the student prizes; Go-Consult for the ‘concrete’ medals and trophies; TCI; AfriSam and all the companies which has sponsored student boats.

Equally, he thanked the service providers who made the day possible to run – the venue East Rand Speedboat Club (Lyn), Nick Harvey (DJ), ASM Safety Consultants (Renier) for arranging and facilitating all safety management issues, CMS Security and John Sheath (CSSA) for the photographs.

 


 

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