National Concrete Canoe Competition"
Wisconsin-Madison Wins In Water
"Concrete champions float away with fourth straight victory, " by Joan Buhrman of ASCE, Kelly Mawby of Degussa, and Courtney Hentges of OSU, June 20, 2006.
"Regional roundup: Concrete canoe wins award for ONU," written by Heather Rutz, The Lima News, June 25, 2006.
"Students finish sixth at National Concrete Canoe Competition," Marketing and Communications, Nevada News, June 26, 2006.
"Canoers swamped by weight," posted on Philly.com, June 26, 2006.
"Cal Poly's canoe more than floats: Team of engineers takes second at national contest," by Sally Connell, The Tribune, June 27, 2006.
"Concrete canoe team places 10th," written by Robert Newett, The triangle OnLine, June 30, 2006.
Eighteen regional concrete canoe competitions took place through early May. The first place overall winner of each regional event advanced to compete in the 2006 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place regional winner finished in the top five overall in the 2005 National Competition, the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals. Four second-place qualifiers were established and OSU elected to participate as the host of this year's competition... establishing the field at 23 (see below).
The three newcomers in 2006 brought the number of schools that have participated at the national level to 105! Point totals, spreadsheets, and statistics for the 2006 NCCC and all other national competitions can be found in "For the Record."
Dr. John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org. Details on each team's performance including a description of their presentation, every question asked by the judges, commentary on their stint, photos of their final product, and more can be found via the links embedded in the final placements listed below. Other competition photos are available courtesy of ASCE.
Design reports (25% of score) were due in mid May. They were evaluated prior to the competition.
The final products (25% of score) were judged on Willard Lawn on Thursday, June 15th. John photographed the canoes with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer.
Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered in OSU's Athletics Center on Friday, June 16th. John attended all of them and documented every question posed to the teams by the judges.
Races (25% of score) were held June 17th on Boomer Lake (see description below) under fairly windy conditions.
The champions, University of Wisconsin-Madison, hail from the Great Lakes region. The Badgers named their 2006 canoe "Forward" after their state motto. Wisconsin is well known for being a progressive forward thinking state and their project embodied that motto this year... from transparency of leadership, to sustainable material choices, to a very exciting new mold/pre-stress method.
2nd - California Polytechnic
University - San Luis Obispo
"2006 Vital Statistics - Presentations and Boats"
1. University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Great Lakes (1st place overall; 1st in paper; 3rd in presentation; 2nd
Excellence in Design Award - Ohio Northern University
Links to these and other schools are available through our concrete canoe websites page.
2006 NCCC Website Links
2006 National Race Site - Boomer Lake
Oklahoma State University hosted the event and races were held on the west side of Boomer Lake.
Boomer Lake (see above) is formed by the impoundment of Stillwater Creek which runs into the lake proper from the north end. The body of the lake runs north and south, forming two primary recreational "lakesides" on the east and west.
2007 National Concrete Canoe Competition
The 2007 NCCC will be held next June in Seattle and hosted by the University of Washington.