Overall length of boat: 6.1 m
Net weight of canoe: 67.5
kg (145 lb)
kg/m3 (52.8 lb/ft3)
Reinforcement: Three Layers of
Spatially Separated Un-impregnated
Placement: 4th at Regional
Regional Conference: University of Central Florida,
National Competition: Montreal, Quebec
P: Matthew Pinkston
VP: Morris Morell
S: Florence Brown
T: Alex Wyrick
COB: Josh Burton
SBC: Travis Morris
Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. Houssam Toutanji
Ms. Lori Visone (Goolesby)
Dr. Teng K. Ooi
Canoe Project Manager:
Training and Development:
Mr. John Bentley
Mr. Ray Garner
Ms. Kay Bradburn
We had our sights set on 2008 and were shooting for our sixth national title with...
boat featured a dynamically tuned hull with hydrodynamic properties that
changed with crew weight to accommodate five different teams.
We placed our boat and...
finished up our graphics for the Southeast
Conference in Orlando...
but our team finished fourth behind the University of Florida,
Florida Tech, and Auburn.
The 2007/08 stint was plagued with problems. While
building the practice boat, our Canoe Chair nearly lost his thumb while
working with a table saw. This
serious accident threw our team into turmoil by severing critical links
in our organizational structure… forcing us to make critical decisions
never before faced by Team UAH.
The absence of our concrete canoe chair forced us to
work together just to complete the tasks at hand.
Individuals, who had previously been in supporting roles, were
suddenly cast into leadership positions. After strengthening our safety
program, we employed continuous risk
management to restore equilibrium, and relied on training sessions to
achieve the quality assurance required to construct our canoe. But
there just wasn't enough time to pay attention to details and we were
easy game at the regional conference in Orlando.
It was clear from the start that Florida had pulled out
all the stops... and this ended up as their strongest regional performance
to date. With a clean sweep of the technical events and races, we
expect them to do very well at nationals.
Thanks go our to our administration, corporate
sponsors, and alumni for their support. We really appreciated the
help rendered by Jackie Whitaker, Sarah Yeldell, Todd
Watts, and Dave Tidwell... and hope to see you all next year!
We also wish the Gators and Florida Tech the best
of luck... and hope that one of these teams are successful in securing a
seventh national title for the Southeast. We're rooting for
During this stint, we realized that people are our most valuable resource... and
consider ourselves fortunate to have worked with John Bentley,
professional training and
development consultant from Power2Transform (P2T),
to help overcome some of the difficulties that we encountered.
See the most recent P2T
Consider Joining Our 2008/09 Team:
Five national titles.
If you haven't become actively involved with Team
UAH yet, we need your support. So, please consider
becoming a sponsor.
Back to Competition History
Return to Main