"2012 National Concrete Canoe Competition"
June 14-16, 2012
Reno, Nevada

Cal Poly - SLO Scores a Hat Trick in Reno

Cal Poly - SLO (above) defends their national title; their women's endurance team (below) powers to a win (below) (statistics).
Race photo courtesy of Concrete Canoe Pictures

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo successfully defended their national title and, by winning the competition for three years in a row, scored a "hat trick"  
In the process, the team struck gold when they won the oral presentation and their canoe was selected as the best product (see below). 

SLO christened "Prospector" in honor of the California Gold Rush.  Photo courtesy of ASCE.

2012 NCCC Coverage

The Canadian National Champions from Laval finished second followed by Michigan Technological University in third.

Laval (statistics) with "Borealis" (left) and Michigan Tech (statistics) with "Genoa" (right).

The University of Nevada - Reno Wolf Pack finished fourth with the University of Florida Gators in fifth.

Reno (statistics) with "Ducimus" (left) and Florida (statistics) with "Vindigator" (right).

Reno (foreground) squeezed SLO (background) and Laval (center) out in the co-ed.  Laval won the men's endurance; SLO won the rest.
Race photo courtesy of Concrete Canoe Pictures.

.    Out of nine past national winners, Cal Poly SLO is one of five schools to secure multiple titles [Alabama-Huntsville's Team UAH has five, Cal-Berkeley's Bears have five, Cal Poly SLO's team has three, Clemson's 3CT have three, and Wisconsin-Madison's Badgers have five].

2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition.  Historically, the first place overall winner in each of 18 Conferences was invited to compete in the 2012 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place Conference winner finished in the top five overall in the 2011 National Competition (Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Universite Laval, Cal Poly - Pomona, and the University of Nevada, Reno), the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals.

SLO and Pomona were both from the Southwest Conference and finished first and second there, respectively, in 2012.  Madison, Laval, and Reno won their Conference Competitions in 2012, thereby establishing the field for the 2012 NCCC at 22.

The one newcomer in 2012 brought the number of schools that have participated at the national level to 113.
Updated point totals, spreadsheets, and statistics for the 2012 NCCC and all other national competitions can be found in "For the Record."
Links to the competitors can be found in "Concrete Canoe Websites

Additional Coverage - Competition Photos - Concrete Canoe Pictures
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Follow Up

John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org

Design reports (25% of score) were evaluated prior to the competition.  Universite Laval won this category.

Top five 2012 Design Resign Reports

The final products (25% of score) was judged on Thursday, June 14th on the UNR Main Quad at the south end of campus. Students took team photos, performed dunk tests, and weighed their canoes. In addition, there was a career fair set up for the students to visit throughout the day.

The final products were displayed at Reno's Main Quad.  As mentioned previously, Cal Poly - SLO won this category.

Michigan Tech placed second here.  Photo courtesy of the American Concrete Institute.

Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered on Friday, June 15th in the Davidson Math and Science Center Auditorium on campus. The room seated 464 people and featured three screens and a mobile podium.

Presentations were given in the Davidson Math and Science Center (left) Auditorium (right).  Cal Poly - SLO won this category.

The awards banquet was held on Saturday, June 16th on the top floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. which is one of the most transformational buildings ever built on campus. The 167,000-square-foot, "green" environmentally friendly facility signaled a shift in campus expansion, offering the campus and community a new centrally located "front door" to the University from Virginia Street.

The awards Banquet was held in the Joe Crowley Student Union.

"2012 Vital Statistics"

1. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (93.9 points) - "Prospector"
2. Universite Laval (84.3 Points) - "Borealis"
Michigan Technological University (54.3 points) - "Genoa"
University of Nevada - Reno (54.2 points) - "Ducimus"
University of Florida (52.7 points) - "Vindigator"
Ecole de Technologie Superieure - "Grand Prix"
State Polytechnic University-Pomona (43.4 points) - "Andromeda"
University of Wisconsin - Madison (32 points) - "Aurora"
9. Youngstown State University (21.0 points) - "DaVinci"
University of California - Berkeley (19.3 points) - "GraffiCal"
11. University of Texas - Tyler (12.5 points) - "Ace in the Hull"
12. University of Evansville (12.5 points) - "Tempest"
University of Massachusetts - Lowell (10 points) - "Revolution"
Clemson University (6.3 points) - "Opticon"
15. Fairmont State University (5 points) - "KISS"
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (2.5 points) - "Miracoal"
University of Wisconsin - Platteville (0.5 points) - "Northwoods"
Utah State University (0 points) - "Old Ephraim"
Oregon State University (0 points) - "Beaver Believer"
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (0 points) - "Maized and Cornfused"
21. Louisiana Tech University (0 points) - "Spirit of '88"
Rutgers University (0 points) - "The Jersey Devil"

  • Best Overall (93.9/100 points) - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

  • Most Design Points (70.0/75 points) - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

  • Most Race Points (23.9/25 points) - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo 

  • Best Design Paper (25.0/25 points) - Universite Laval

  • Best Oral Presentation (25.0/25 points) - California State Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo 

  • Best Product (25.0/25 points) - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

2012 NCCC Spreadsheet

2012 NCCC Race Site

Races (25% of score) were held June 16th at the Sparks Marina. The 77 acre lake was located five minutes from campus and adjacent to Legends at Sparks Marina, a one million square foot shopping facility.


Races were held at Sparks Marina (top) adjacent to Legends (bottom).  Cal Poly - SLO won this category.

Regarding the 600m endurance race: At the beginning of the race, each team was given one (1) package; a gallon jug filled with sand (approximate wgt 10-12 lbs).  Each team navigated the course with the intent of delivering the package to the dock on the one side of the lake.  The paddlers headed to the dock and came to a complete STOP, droped off the package, then started again back to the finish line.  There was no 'running stop' allowed; i.e., competitors had to come to a full and complete stop.

The 600m endurance race course.

2012 NCCC - Who's Who in the Competition

The field was set at 22 for the 2012 NCCC.  There was one newcomer.
Qualifiers made 145 collective prior appearances with an average placement slightly below 12.
The 4 US and 2 Canadian champions in the hunt collectively held 30 national titles.

Pre-National Photos

For complete U.S. National Statistics see: "For the Record." 

2012 NCCC Website Links

The University of Nevada, Reno (statistics) hosted the 25th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition.  Photos from the 2011 NCCC.

The "Wolf Pack" 

2012 ASCE Official NCCC Website (history, rules and regulations, conference competitions, qualifying teams)

2012 CNCCC Requests Feedback

"Each year, the CNCCC develops rules and regulations following the completion of the National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC), many times using the feedback provided by students, advisors, and judges. As such, we would like to solicit your feedback regarding the rules and the competition (such as need for clarifications, suggestions for changes in language, etc.) or other general comments you wish to provide.  Maybe there is a rule you want to bring back, or a rule you just absolutely hate and wish it would just go away.  Perhaps you think the rules are too long and complex or you might appreciate the level of detail. Whatever it is, the CNCCC will take it under consideration, but we make no guarantees!

The goal of using the feedback is to make the rules clearer and maintaining fairness and consistency; this should not be considered a forum to register complaints.  CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM is welcomed!!!

We ask that if your school wished to provide comments that your team consolidate them and send one e-mail rather than several e-mails from the same school.  If you wish, you may make a Word document and attach it to the e-mail.

Please forward your comments to cnccc@asce.org with "Concrete Canoe Feedback" in the subject line."

2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition

The 2013 NCCC will be hosted by the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign on June 20-22, 2013.