Concrete Canoes Race To Finish
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:01:09 EDT

Who would ever think that a canoe, made of concrete would ever be able to float ?

Alpena Community College Concrete Technology students and Alpena Community College Concrete Tech Instructor Eric Kennedy, proved that can be the case Monday in front of Northern Lights Arena.

The second year concrete canoes student project was a part of the lab portion of the programs concrete class. Students divided into two teams; each team made their own canoe.

One group was named Team Merica, their mcanoe sporting a red, white and blue paint job; weighing around 550 pounds. The group formed their canoe over an existing canoe with some minor tweaks. The second group called "The Misfits" had a 500 pound black and orange canoe weighing roughly 500 pounds, constructed over a custom mold made from plywood.

Students were joined by a faculty team piloted by instructors Kennedy and Tim Onstwedder who went on to win the race. Retired Concrete Tech Instructor Kevin Sylvester acted as honorary race starter.

The two student canoes also finished the race on top of the water, but not so gracefully.

Photo (ACC):

ACC Concrete Tech instructors Eric Kennedy (front row, back seat) and Tim Onstwedder (front row, front seat) strike out hard at the beginning of ACC’s concrete canoes race held in front of Northern Lights Arena. ACC Concrete Tech students Adam Sobeck (middle canoe, back seat), Devon Mills (middle canoe, front seat), Nathan Cruse (back canoe, back seat) and Jory Zdybel (back canoe, front seat) paddled to the best of their abilities but came in second and third, respectively, to the more-experienced faculty team. All canoes remained on top of the cold pond, proving concrete can float.


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