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Inland Branch Annual Concrete Boat Race 2019


2019 Concrete Boat Race2019 Concrete Boat RaceA great day out was enjoyed by members, their families and students at this year’s Inland Branch Annual Concrete Boat Race Day.
Held at the East Rand Speedboat Club on Rynfield Dam, Benoni, it was perfect weather to test out the many ‘concrete’ craft that had been constructed by students from local universities.

The objectives of the event were:

- To give students and the concrete industry the opportunity of using their knowledge in a fun project
- To use the competition as a real-life project management exercise for students
- To design and build a concrete boat and race it over a specified course
- To have a day together with the Industry, family, friends and colleagues
- Offer industry and the various institutions the opportunity to network

This year’s event was held in support of the ‘Teddy Bear Foundation’, one of the few organisations committed to providing abused children an efficient and professional service that effectively promotes their healing and stops any further abuse.

The day started with the judging of boats that had been constructed by students from UJ, Tukkies and Tshwane University of Technology. The 30+ concrete boats were lined up along the lakeside, having been carefully and enthusiastically constructed by the students to prescribed rules in terms of design, dimensions, weight and materials.

This year the design theme was that of a paddle ski with maximum width of 800 mm and a length range of 1.5 minimum to 1.8 metres maximum. The minimum hull thickness was to be 140 mm.  The boat must be constructed in such a way that one person could propel it with paddles in either stand-up or kneeling position.

  • The craft had to be capable of being lifted by only two team members.
  • No buckles or attachments of any nature were allowed which attach individuals to the craft.
  • A cylindrical opening with a diameter of 80mm had to be provided in the centre of the hull to allow the judges to inspect the full cross section of the craft. For a hollow hull, watertight screw-on covers had to be provided to ensure water did not fill the hull volume during paddling. On the day of testing, judges could also drill 8 mm holes at any location into the hull to inspect the cross section.
  • Synthetic materials could be used to provide flotation. Flotation was not to add to the structural integrity of the craft.
  • Each craft had to be provided with battery powered LED position lights complying with the international convention colours on both port and starboard sides.
  • The use of a TRI FIN stabilization system was optional. Paddling had to be done using a single oar or by using a mechanical device powered by one paddler.
  • The judges could, at their discretion, request a craft be tested for buoyancy. If the craft failed the test it would be disqualified from the racing immediately.

 Lead judge, Andries Marais (L) adjudicating with Alan de KockLead judge, Andries Marais (L) adjudicating with Alan de Kock

The judges this year were:

  • Andries Marais (Lead) – Chryso SA
  • Jacques Smith – Go-Consult
  • Alan de Kock - Betonlab
  • Ross Creasey – Mapei

 
 

The prize winners in the construction category were as follows:

Position

Boat name

Academic Institution

Sponsors

1st

Hot as Hull

University of Pretoria

Chryso-abe

2nd

The Achilles

University of Johannesburg

Repwise

3rd

Speedy Shell

University of Johannesburg

LSL Consulting/Chryso-abe/Pratley

Best Project Proposal

Moerby

University of Pretoria

Chryso-abe

 
 
 

Winning Team   Construction Category, with Debbie Harvey (right) from AfriSamWinning Team Construction Category, with Debbie Harvey (right) from AfriSam
Winning Craft   Construction CategoryWinning Craft Construction Category

 
 

 

Runner Up Team – Construction CategoryRunner Up Team – Construction Category
Runner Up Craft – Construction CategoryRunner Up Craft – Construction Category

 
 

3rd Place Team – Construction Category3rd Place Team – Construction Category
3rd Place Craft – Construction Category3rd Place Craft – Construction Category

 

Winners   Best Project ProposalWinners Best Project Proposal
Winners – Industry SpiritWinners – Industry Spirit

 

Once the judging was over, the racing began, facilitated by Johan van Wyk, now Commercial Director of DMG Events who, in his own inimitable style, steered the various heats and the 'final' races to reveal the winners.

The racing was very competitive, and different shapes and buoyancies of the boats soon sorted out fast-moving craft from the slow. The choppy water made for some difficult paddling, but fewer sinkings were experienced than the previous year. Paddlers were seen ‘surfing’ their craft, riding their craft upside down and many other unique ways of staying afloat. Fortunately, there were lifesavers in the water to aid anyone that got into difficulty, and medical professionals to deal with any injuries.

 

 
 

After all the heats and the finals had been held, the winners in each category were as follows:

   Student    Race  

Boat Name

Academic Institution

Sponsors

1st

Magtige Mostert

University of Pretoria

Chryso-abe

2nd

Black Widow

University of Johannesburg

Chryso-abe

3rd

Speedy Shell

University of Johannesburg

LSL Consulting/Chryso-abe/Pratley

Industry
Race

Boat Name

Organisation

   

 

 

1st

Powerful Epidermix

Chryso-abe

2nd

E.I.C

Go-Consult

3rd

The Brick

AfriSam

Ladies
Race

Boat Name

Organisation

1st

Healing Gems

Chryso-abe

2nd

Hot as Hull

Chryso-abe

3rd

Power Puff Girls

TFM Industries

Quickest
Sinker

Boat Name

Organisation

2.86 seconds

Sharks

University of Johannesburg

‘Best Spirit’
Prize

Boat Name

Organisation

Winner

Power Puff Girls

TFM Industries

Best Project
Proposal

Team Name

Organisation

Winner

Moerby

University of Pretoria

 

Winners – Industry race with Tina Coetzee Chair of the Inland branch (r)Winners – Industry race with Tina Coetzee Chair of the Inland branch (r)
Winners – Ladies raceWinners – Ladies race

Winners – Students raceWinners – Students race

 
 

One of the highlights of the day was the arrival of 10-year Calista, of the Morningside Scout Troop, together with Bindi the bear. Bindi (from the word Isibindi - meaning courage) was a previously abused teddy who was rescued by the ‘Teddy Bear Foundation’.  Calista brought Bindi to the boat race to support her and enable her to complete a task for one of her major badges. 

Since being rescued she very courageously swam the double Midmar, completed the 94.7, tagged a rhino and has been involved with the club scouts against children’s abuse. Her task was to speak in public, and what better way than to do it at a big event like the boat race.

So it was, that Bindi climbed upon the paddlers’ backs and completed a full relay of the course on the dam.

 

Calista arrives with BindiCalista arrives with Bindi
Bindi enjoying the raceBindi enjoying the race

 

The good news for the Teddy Bear Foundation was that a total of R15,285 was collected on the day through sale of raffle tickets, an auction for a huge fluffy toy dog and foundation sales of their memorabilia. Dalene from the foundation kindly presented a medal to each of the Inland Branch Committee members in appreciation of the support given on the day.

Following a very enjoyable and successful day, the Inland Branch would like to thank the following companies for their support and sponsorship of the event:

AfriSam (main)
Chryso-abe
 Mapei
TFM Industries
Betonlab

Go-Consult
 SARMA
The Concrete Institute

 

Many thanks also to the service providers: Eastrand Speedboat Club; ASM Safety Consultants and CMS security, without whom this event would not have been possible.

 

 

 

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