Alliances form during canoe battleship

The John W. Hart Building pool hosted a battleship tournament in which students maneuvered canoes on Nov. 14.

Unlike its table-top counterpart, the BYU-Idaho battleship tournament gave combatants the chance to sink opposing canoes using kitchenware, trashcans and lids to bombard them with water, according to

Chris White, a freshman studying chemistry, said that instead of calling out coordinates to sink their opponents, participants created alliances with other four-man canoes to gain the upper hand.

“The strategy involved is forming alliances and then keeping the boat steady because, otherwise, you rock the boat too much and you sink,” he said.

White said it was tough to paddle around the pool and not splash water into their team’s own canoe.

Forming alliances allowed teams to target opposing canoes that posed a threat to their own survival.

“We made alliances and took out teams we didn’t like first,” said Marae Fuller, a senior studying exercise physiology.

Participants were unable to remove water from their canoes, leaving them helpless to attacks from opposing teams.

“I was in the very front of the canoe, so I got all the water splashed in my face as I was trying to shield the whole time,” said Bruno Oliveira, a freshman studying mechanical engineering.

Oliveira said, unlike those that made alliances, his team’s strategy was to remain neutral throughout the match.

“Our strategy was to remain neutral, and then, towards the end when more groups started getting out, we were just going to attack,” Oliveira said.

With multiple canoes maneuvering to defend and attack against opposing teams, the naval combat became intense and competitive, White said.

“It is chaos,” he said. “Everyone is just throwing water at each other, blocking and screaming at each other to back up or move forward.”

Information on future battleship tournaments can be found on the BYU-I Activities Web page or on

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