URI to host Northeast regional Concrete Canoe Championships, April 15-16

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WHO: Teams of university students from throughout the Northeast, including the University of Rhode Island, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, and University of Maine, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

WHAT: Student teams have spent months designing and building full-size canoes, and this weekend they will display and race them. Each team will be judged on a research paper and presentation they make about the design of their canoe, and then the canoes will undergo a “swamp test” to ensure they are seaworthy. The teams will then compete in two-man and four-man races until a winner is declared.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. The presentations will be made on April 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On April 16, the swamp test will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the races from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..

WHERE: Presentations will take place in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus, while the swamp test and races will be held at Burlingame State Park, Charlestown, R.I.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Todd McLeish in the URI Department of Communications and Marketing at 401-874-7892 or tmcleish@uri.edu. On the day of the races, contact race coordinator Eric Collette at 802-274-2707.