Overall length of boat:
Net weight of canoe:
Expanded Steel Mesh
6th at Nationals
Univ. of Miami
P: Bob Easter
VP: Ed Palmer
S: Kathy Carpenter
T: Donya Harbin
Dr. Bill Schonberg
Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. Jim Uber
Mr. David Pope
In our first appearance as a chapter, we used computer aided design and produced a polystyrene mold by stacking full-sized cross sections.
Our 16' long boat weighed 152 lbs.; concrete (136
lb/ft3; 7,100 psi) was placed over a steel mesh. We dominated
the regional and placed sixth at nationals.
The production of the "Hollow Rock Racer" marked our debut as
a student chapter. Using CAD, we produced the competitionís
first solid polystyrene mold. Several of the 192, 1" thick
sections were left in the bow and stern for flotation.
Since our concrete mix
technology had improved, we concentrated on quality control. By
using a 0.1" thick expanded steel mesh, we kept the wall thickness
of our canoe below 0.25".
We won the overall
regional championship that year by the largest margin in history.
Technologically strong, but weak in paddling, we finished sixth at
Alumni Notes: Dr. Uber was
instrumental in improving our regional delivery. During the banquet, team members claimed their awards and
then proudly placed ten of the larger ones on the table before Uber,
Gilbert, Schonberg, and Leonard as if making offerings to royalty. Dr. Gilbert recalls that, by the end
of the banquet, he could barely see Dr. Uber sitting directly
across from him at the table. The first place trophy stood over
five feet tall; almost as tall as "Little Doc."
The regional competition was hosted by Miami and the races were held
in the ocean. With the increased buoyancy, Drs. Gilbert and Uber
paddled our canoe to a searing victory in the
faculty race. But Dr. Gilbert managed to put
his knees through the boat when he slipped off a pad during the
turn. It took construction foreman, Mike McGuire, and his crew nearly
a month to repair the damage. But, they had the boat back in great shape by nationals.
Ed Palmer emerged as the Chapter's first expediter, securing anything
and everything the team needed. He seemed to know everyone, and
had a relative in every town we visited. Dr. Gilbert recalls Dr.
Uber questioning him on whether Ed's stories were really true.
But, after Miami, there was no doubt.
Ed had suggested that we
keep the canoe at his uncle's house and offered to put the team up
there. Not knowing that Ed was serious, Dr. Uber booked us into a hotel nearby. When Ed and Dr. Gilbert dropped the canoe
off, they passed through a towering gate, finally arriving at a Spanish
style villa where Ed had planned to house the team. Dr. Gilbert
was astonished when Ed said, "Now that you've seen the guest
house, let's take a look at the real thing." When Dr. Gilbert
brought Dr. Uber over to see what he had missed, "Little Doc"
never questioned Ed again.
Although it was apparent at nationals that we had
made progress technologically, Berkeley dominated us in the water and chalked up another well deserved win.
The problem was that other schools were
learning to play the game too, and we fell to sixth place.
set out sights on winning next year, even if meant winning just one of the many
Our outstanding performance prompted the administration to authorize
hiring another faculty; and, Dr. Michelle Crull joined our ranks.
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