2014 East Yorkshire Summer Social Recap

On a rather murky Saturday morning, with two rain blobs & a black rain cloud forecast for the entire day ahead curtsey of BBC weather, the IMechE EYYM committee & friends, helped by some useful sea cadet by standers battened down the hatches of the tents & marquees.   We were joined by the Humber Model Boat Society who seemed to set up their display of magnificently detailed & fragile scaled models in military fashion. This would later turn out to be a fantastic addition to the day subtly attracting the attention of technically minded engineers & young children alike. 

The day started with the first contenders in the form of a small army of BP graduate engineers arriving bang on time.  They were shortly followed by an enthusiastic group of engineers from Rotork based in Leeds and a broad demographic of people of all ages, shapes, sizes and engineering interest and discipline. With the contenders patiently waiting as the committee established the day's events with the Welton Water's staff, the teams were then established with Vince Lombardy esque  competitive spirit with one thought in mind, winning. 

At stake were two prizes; one for the fasted time taken to raft to and from a buoy marker some 100m round trip and another for the most crowd pleasing raft race attempt.  With seven teams competing and only three sets of raft building material, BP1, Drowned Rat & Rotork 1 were first to build whilst the BBQ was fired up. Half an hour later with the smell of BBQ goodness in the air and some 'interesting' raft designs to say the least, we stopped for lunch. Two or three burgers later for some (not naming any names), we commenced the first race despite several sarcastic mutters of the old wives tale of the requirement to leave an hour post meal time before a swim. Fortunately we all had life jackets on and there were no reported incidents of burger induced drowning. 

BP1 were up first with added pressure of setting the bar. They record a time of 4min 6 sec powered by a three man engine that remained dry, to their relief.   Up next, the aptly named team Drowned Rat with a novel but speculative raft design provided amusement to the entire population of Welton Waters as their raft fragmented, leaving them in the drink within 30 seconds of entering the water scoring them a DNF. Next was the first of our away contenders Rotork 1 who were simultaneously thrown into the water on entry by raft malfunction, namely lack of buoyancy in the out rigger department. This didn't stop them however as they towed their raft to the finish line in 11min 42sec. Team Driftwood were up next. With speculation of some of their team members avid sailors, we had high hopes. They certainly delivered with a solid looking 4 man engine raft which powered to a dry victory in 2min 54 sec. Titanic were next to splash their stuff with a similar raft build as seen previously in the day. Hot on the tail of Driftwood, they recorded a respectful and dry time but couldn't quite match the current benchmark.  With myself and head honcho of IMechE EYYM Brian at the ores along with the area Chairman  Ash Dhir's two brave children, team IMechE gingerly paddled to the half-way point before no longer being able to maintain a stable voyage and capsizing, recording a wet time of approximately 12min (Applications for new engineering committee management in the post please).  Finally, Rotork 2 finished the day, admittedly in the absence of the majority of the audience as they went in quest of a public house whilst the competition was temporarily  suspended due to an angry thunder storm and my did the heavens open!   By the time a patient Rotork 2 set off, the sun was shining and with no excuses they sailed valiantly but were unable to catch the record set by Driftwood, recording a time of 3 min 31sec. 

Thus we can officially announce the winners as follows:

Fastest Time - Team Driftwood:

Ed Walker
Jake Woods
Nat Louis
Scott Simmonds

... for a superbly engineered raft and excellent team work.

Most Entertaining - Team Drowned Rat:

Jessica Lees
Nick Parker
Gavin Oldroyd 
Zoe Preeze

...for showing no hesitation in getting wet and being great sports!

Both teams received a £50 Amazon voucher on behalf of the IMechE East Yorkshire Area for their efforts, congratulations to both teams.

It has been reported the event attracted over 50 people in attendance across the day and from that alone we conclude it a successful first event of its kind. On behalf of the committee, we'd like to say a big thank-you to the accommodating staff of Welton Waters who went above and beyond to meet our needs. Furthermore, we'd like to say thanks to everybody that attended and willingly got involved by taking part and or helping throughout the day.
Finally, we can't forget to thank the IMechE for backing us to put on the event.

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Richard A Fry - Hon. IMechE East Yorkshire Young Members Secretary

Pictures from the East Yorkshire 2014 Summer Social...

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