Overall length of boat:
17 ft 10 in.
Net weight of canoe:
Expanded Steel Mesh
7th at Nationals
U. of Central Florida
P: Gayle Lanter
VP: Anthony Cooper
S: Clay Horan
T: Lisa Cucksee
Dr. Michelle Crull
Dr. John Gilbert
Mr. Ken Peters
Mr. David Pope
Mr. Pete Shreeves
Mr. Jim Herring
Team UAH incorporated rocker and a rounded bottom to construct a canoe having a shape very similar to that of our current design.
However, the canoe was much too unstable for the relatively inexperienced crew.
They placed seventh at nationals with their 17'10" long, 97 lb boat that relied on the same concrete and reinforcement used the year before.
Some of the secrets
underlying our modern hydrodynamic designs were uncovered during this
stint. We incorporated rocker and a rounded bottom to construct a
canoe having a shape very similar to that of our current designs.
The hydrodynamic shape
was tested by towing the canoe behind a power boat. The tow rope
was connected to a force transducer designed to measure the drag.
Alumni Notes: In
1991, the Southeast Regional rules were much more restrictive than those
established for the National competition. Specifically, no
man-made aggregates were allowed, forcing the use of a heavier
mix. Also no reinforcement was allowed in the thwarts, making the
use of a thwart redundant. In addition, the nature of the Regional
races with their many turns and the tag team race dictated the design of
a highly maneuverable and a durable canoe. Faced with the dilemma
of how to win the Regional and yet be nationally competitive, the UAH
ASCE Student Chapter set the goal of improving their past performances
At the Southeast
Regional, Dr. Gilbert and teammate
Donya Harbin (Jeffries) finished second in the faculty race. It
was a very close finish and marked the first time that a woman had ever paddled in that event. We won the overall Regional title for the third
time in four years, and earned the right to represent the Southeast at the
national concrete canoe competition for winning that event.
The best paddlers were selected for the
nationals immediately following the Regional competition. An
intensive program was developed to improve athletic abilities which
included weight lifting, aerobics, and extensive paddling
sessions. Emphasis was placed on developing a winning race
strategy based on athletic and mental preparedness.
Berkeley won again at the nationals, we finished first in the visual
presentation. We still had a long way to go in our quest for the
national title. But we were getting more and more help.
Jim Herring, a local canoe enthusiast, began to coach the team.
Following our seventh place finish at nationals, it was Jim who designed
and helped build the first practice boat used to train our crew
Shreeves offered an upper level course entitled, "Introduction to
Naval Architecture," to support the effort. Ken Peters became
the first contact member to get his hands dirty working with the team to
build our boat. These
contributions made a big difference, and our team became much more
The Chapter was now flourishing and the civil engineering program had
grown beyond the boundaries of the mechanical engineering
department. Under the leadership of Dr. Gilbert, our faculty
forwarded a proposal for departmentalization to the Alabama Commission
on Higher Education. We lost Dr.
Uber that year to the University of Cincinnati.
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