"2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition"
University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign (UIUC)
June 20-22, 2013

Ecole de Technologie Superieure Claims U.S. Title

The champions turned their vision (photo to left above courtesy of ETS) into reality [photo to right above taken by A.J. Mast (AP)].

ETS (statistics) celebrates victory (above) [photo courtesy of Bill Bell] and poses with "Savannah" (below).

ETS is the tenth school to win the national competition.  Out of the national winners, five schools have multiple titles to their credit [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].

2013 NCCC Coverage

 The competition was hosted by the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. The first concrete canoe competition took place there 42 years ago [See: Concrete Canoe Fever by John Gilbert (UAH) and Robert Young (UIUC)].

The University of Nevada - Reno Wolf Pack finished second followed by the University of Florida in third.

Reno (statistics) with "Dambitious" (above) and Florida (statistics) with "Conquistagator" (below). Photos courtesy ASCE.

Cal Poly - SLO finished fourth with the Utah State University in fifth.

Cal Poly - SLO (statistics) with "Sentinel" (above) and Utah State (statistics) with "Canoebis" (below).

.   2013 marks the 26th anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition.  The first place overall winner in each of 18 Conferences were invited to compete in the 2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place Conference winner in 2013 finished in the top five overall in the 2012 National Competition,  the second place team was also be invited to compete at nationals.

Last year, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo won the National Concrete Canoe Competition ((NCCC) for the third time in a row.  The Canadian National Champions from Laval finished second followed by Michigan Technological University in third. The University of Nevada - Reno Wolf Pack finished fourth with the University of Florida Gators in fifth.  This year, SLO, Reno, Michigan Tech, and Florida won their Conference competitions and UIUC elected to compete as the competition host bringing the total number of participants to 23.

The one newcomer in 2013 (Puerto Rico) brought the number of schools that qualified for nationals to 114.
Updated point totals, spreadsheets, and statistics for the 2013 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 (coming soon) - Concrete Canoe Pictures
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Front Line - Commentary
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John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org

Design reports (25% of score) were evaluated prior to the competition.  The University of Nevada, Reno won this category.

The final products (25% of score) were judged on Thursday, June 20th on the Bardeen Quad which is the home of the College of Engineering and its related buildings. The events include taking team photos, performing swamp tests, and a canoe weigh-ins.  There will also be a career fair set up for the students to visit throughout the day. Cal Poly - SLO won this category.

The final products were displayed at Bardeen Quad.

Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered on Friday, June 21st in the Siebel Center for Computer Science Auditorium on campus.  ETS won this category.

The oral presentations took place in the Siebel Center for Computer Science.

The Awards Banquet for the 26th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition was held at the Colonnades Club at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium.

The Awards Banquet was held at Illinois Premium Seating at the Colonnades Club.

ETS claimed victory there.

"2013 Vital Statistics"

1. Ecole de Technologie Superieure (64.0 points) - "Savannah"
2. University of Nevada - Reno (61.5 points) - "Dambitious"
3. University of Florida (60.5 points) - "Conquistagator"
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (57.5 points) - "Sentinel"
Utah State University (57.5 points) - "Canoebis"
University of Massachusetts - Lowell (29.0 points) - "Moswetuset"
Michigan Technological University (27.0 points) - "Mesektet"
California State University at Sacramento (23.5 points) - "Imperium"
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (17.5 points) - "Phantom"
University of Evansville (15.0 points) - "Palus"
Youngstown State University (14.5 points) - "Tesla"
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (14.0 points)  - "Pyxis"
13. California
State Polytechnic University-Pomona (13.5 points) - "Palomares"
University of Wisconsin - Platteville (8.5 points) - "Thee Eliminator"
15. New Jersey Institute of Technology (2.5 points) - "Black Bear"
University of Washington (1.5 points) - "Undammed"
University of Oklahoma (0.0 points) - "Unearthed"
18. Clemson University (0.0 points) - "Seuss"
Fairmont State University (0.0 points) - "The Enforcer"
20. Mississippi State University (0.0 points) - "Dawgy Paddle"
21. University of Texas - Tyler (0.0 points) - "Chip Shot"
University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign (0.0 points) - "Vincere"
Ohio Northern University (0.0 points)- "Klondike's Revenge"

  • Best Overall (64.0/100 points) - Ecole de Technologie Superieure

  • Most Design Points (57.5/75 points) - Ecole de Technologie Superieure; University of Florida; Utah State University

  • Most Race Points (10.0/25 points) - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo 
    Best Design Paper
    (25.0/25 points) - University of Nevada - Reno

  • Best Oral Presentation (25.0/25 points) - Ecole de Technologie Superieure 

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

2013 NCCC Spreadsheet

2013 NCCC Race Site

Races (25% of score) were held June 22nd at Homer Lake which is part of the Homer Lake Forest Preserve. The two kilometer long lake, located 12 miles to the South-East of campus, is well sheltered from winds.  Cal Poly - SLO won this category based on their performance in the endurance races.  The sprint races were cancelled due to inclement weather.  Historically, the only race to be cancelled prior to 2013 was the faculty race in 1995.

The races were held on Homer Lake.

2013 NCCC - Who's Who in the Competition

The field was set at 23 for the 2013 NCCC.  There was one newcomer.
Qualifiers made 141 collective prior appearances with an average placement slightly below 12.
The 3 US and 1 Canadian champions in the hunt collectively held 11 national titles.

Pre-National Photos

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

2013 NCCC Website Links

UIUC - 2013 NCCC Face Book Site

UIUC builds their boats in the Boneyard Yacht Club [2010 UIUC Video; R.J. Mosborg] and their teams have been avid supporters of the concrete canoe competition since the beginning [2011 UIUC Video; Armen Amirkhanian (Webmaster: Concrete Canoe Pictures)]

Students in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Illinois built this ferro cement canoe in the Spring of 1970 (see here).

2013 ASCE Official NCCC Website (history, rules and regulations, conference competitions, qualifying teams)

2013 Request for Feedback

From the CNCCC - "Dear Concrete Canoeists: The CNCCC would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teams that have participated at their respective conference competitions over the past several weeks and those that will compete in the next couple weeks.  We are looking forward to an exciting national competition being hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in June.

 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."

2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition

The 27th Annual 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition will take place in June at Johnstown, PA.