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COPRI Met Section Summer Update

Friday, July 22, 2016

On July 16, 2016 the  COPRI Metropolitan Section Chapter  participated in the Waterfront Alliance:   City of Water Day  cardboard kayak race on Governors Island in New York City. The Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy group that works to protect, transform,  and revitalize the New York harbor and waterfront.

The COPRI Metropolitan Section has worked with The Waterfront Alliance in promoting these issues and is a supporter of their activities. The Cardboard Kayak race was a wonderful event with spirited competition among local groups including local community groups, individuals, various engineering firms, and the US Coast Guard.

Cardboard Kayak Race

The race consists of 25 teams who are given 10 sheets of cardboard (and a whole lot of tape), to construct a watercraft capable of navigating the Hudson Harbor. Some boats are constructed for festive design, and others for speed, but not all of the vessels make it through the race above water. 

Representing COPRI were: Andrew Cairns (COPRI past President and outgoing Chair of the Met Section Chapter), Kelvin Reay of Mott MacDonald, Scott Maul of AECOM, Damon Jericho of Hatch, Raj Chinthamani of Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, Jessica Galbo of ARUP, and Andrew Keane a student at Cooper Union and summer intern at AECOM. NY Met Section Kayak Team

The design was led by Scott Maul and Andrew Keane. Paddlers included Kelvin Reay and Andrew Keane. The team constructed a sea worthy craft that was fast in the water, maneuverable and resilient.

The COPRI team easily won its qualifying heat, and in the final round paddled to a tie. As a result, there was a run-off for the championship, for the first time in race history.

In the runoff heat, the COPRI team took an early lead only to be narrowly edged out by the Cardboard Kayak club of New York. It was a valiant effort by all who designed, constructed, and paddled the cardboard kayak. Fun was had by all in the heat and humidity of New York City.  

Also participating in the event were other local civil engineering firms, CH2M, Langan, and HNTB. A video of the race can be found on YouTube. NY Met Section Kayak Race