Yet another strange Dutch activity
The Dutch Student Soil Drilling Championship was held last week Wednesday.
This is organised each year by the Wageningen soil and water study
association Pyrus, and was held this time behind the Nieuwlanden building.
The aim of the championship is to drill a hole 1.20 m deep as quickly as
possible using an Edelman auger of the same length. Forty-eight teams of
students took part in the championship, from Wageningen, Amsterdam, Delft
and Enschede. It was a rainy day, which made for a muddy affair, and the
first aid kit was also needed: getting all the clay off the drill resulted
in a number of cut fingers.
One of the Argo rowers’ teams had the quickest drilling time (1 minute and
six seconds) in the heats, but they were not so successful in the finals.
After the knock-out rounds, ‘Las Chicas y las Tapas’ were declared
champions, a team composed of Pyrus members Reinier Ellen Kamp, Ben Schaap,
Marieke Kruitwagen, Panagiotis Nyktas en Cathelijne Stoof. Unfortunately
the trophy, a golden auger, could not be presented to the winners. In a
bragging letter, a team of students from Delft have let it be known that
they have stolen the trophy, which now has pride of place in their
committee cupboard, next to the royal medal of honour.
Yvonne de Hilster
Photo Guy Ackermans