Upcoming events

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 12 Jun 2022
    • Town Point Park, Norfolk VA

    The Setting:  

    Harborfest is Norfolk’s largest annual festival and it is kicking off the summer season June 10-12, 2022, celebrating the area’s great maritime heritage.  Town Point Park and the Elizabeth River will be alive with festival food & drink, live music, tall sailing ships, arts and crafts, fireworks, nautical-themed activities, and a fun-seeking audience that loves to interact with our boat builders.  

    Best yet, the ASNE-Sika Ultimate Build-A-Boat Challenge will be showcased June 11-12, 2022 as we celebrate the 26th Anniversary of this great event!  

    Check out this video from 2017... Build-A-Boat Video


    There is no entry fee for the teams, but personal donations to help cover the cost for this event, and support the ASNE mission, are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.  Donation Form


    Corporate sponsorships are greatly appreciated!  Please complete the Sponsorship Form. Sponsorship Form

    The Challenge:

    This competition combines creativity, craftsmanship and boat handling skills in a unique event that is both challenging and entertaining. Below are the event details.  Please also see 2022 Guidance for Boatbuilders for detailed instructions.

    • IT’S FREE… no entry fee for participants.  The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and Sika Corp  are the Event Sponsors.

    • Construction material kits are predefined and provided to teams at no cost.

    • Space is limited.  Twenty-five (25) two-person teams will be accepted, on a first-come basis.

    • Teams submit application early to secure a spot, and later submit their design 2 weeks in advance.

    • Bring your own power tools, hand tools, a smile, family and friends and a great attitude.

    • The building & outfitting phases take place on Saturday.  Arrive by 8:30 am, finish around 5:00 pm. Stay for the evening concerts and fireworks if you can… it’s a blast.

    • Races (3 heats) take place on Sunday.  Plan to arrive at 1:00 pm for a catered lunch and finish around 5:00.

    • Awards will be presented for Best Design, Fastest Built, Race Results 1st – 3rd Place, Most Whimsical, and Fan Favorite. We reserve the right to create other categories as we feel inspired.

    • Prizes include Sikaflex Trophies, commemorative medals, bling and power tools!

    • Building time is limited to 4 hours (but we do not enforce this. It’s a guideline… just be safe!).

    • Painting the boat is critical to ensure structural integrity during the water-born portion of the event. And beyond a basic coat of paint, creative decorating (outfitting) is absolutely encouraged.  Decorating can start immediately upon completion of the boat construction. Families, friends and supporters are welcome to help decorate after your power tools are safely put away.

    Community Impact:

    The American Society of Naval Engineers will commit 100% of net proceeds to funding the mission areas of ASNE, including engineering scholarships and STEM programs.

    For ASNE this is not JUST fun, but also a community outreach and education program.

    We promote awareness of naval engineering, shipbuilding and ship repair professions that are the life blood of the Tidewater region.

    Teams and Volunteers are encouraged to stop and interact with the crowd at every opportunity.

    Build-A-Boat 2022 Flyer.pdf

    Event Details_Team Entry Application_Donation and Sponsorship Form_2022.docx


    For more information, contact Mike D'Amato at michael.damato@hii-tsd.com.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Topgolf, 5444 Greenwich Rd Virginia Beach
    • 18

    ASNE TW Topgolf Social


    When: Wednesday, 15 June 2022

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

    Location:   Topgolf Virginia Beach, 5444 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach

    Cost:          $35.00 per person ($15.00 for students)


    Price includes a light buffet and 2 hours of golf.  Come and play golf, mingle and have a great time!

    Please register by noon June 8.

    ASNE TW Social at Topgolf

Past events

18 May 2022 ASNE-TW May Dinner / Meeting
20 Apr 2022 ASNE-TW April Dinner / Meeting
16 Mar 2022 ASNE-TW March Dinner / Meeting
16 Feb 2022 ASNE-TW February Dinner / Meeting
10 Feb 2022 Colonna's Shipyard Tour (RSVPs CLOSED OUT)
19 Jan 2022 ASNE-TW January Dinner / Meeting
15 Dec 2021 ASNE-TW December Dinner / Meeting
17 Nov 2021 ASNE-TW November Dinner / Meeting
13 Oct 2021 ASNE-TW October Dinner / Meeting
15 Sep 2021 ASNE-TW September Dinner / Meeting
16 Jun 2021 ASNE TW Social Night @ Topgolf Virginia Beach
19 May 2021 ASNE-TW May Dinner / Meeting
21 Apr 2021 ASNE-TW April Dinner / Meeting
17 Mar 2021 ASNE-TW March Dinner / Meeting
17 Feb 2021 ASNE-TW February Dinner / Meeting
20 Jan 2021 ASNE-TW January Dinner / Meeting
16 Dec 2020 ASNE-TW December Dinner / Meeting
18 Nov 2020 ASNE-TW November Dinner / Meeting
21 Oct 2020 ASNE-TW October Dinner / Meeting
15 Sep 2020 FMMS 2020
6 Jun 2020 Cancelled: 26th Annual ASNE-Sika Ultimate Build-A-Boat Challenge @ Harborfest June 6-7 in Towne Point Park, Norfolk, VA
20 May 2020 Cancelled: ASNE-TW May Dinner / Meeting
15 Apr 2020 Cancelled: ASNE-TW April Dinner / Meeting
18 Mar 2020 ASNE-TW March Dinner / Meeting CANCELED
19 Feb 2020 ASNE-TW February Dinner / Meeting
30 Jan 2020 VMASC Tour
22 Jan 2020 ASNE-TW January Dinner / Meeting
18 Dec 2019 ASNE-TW December Dinner / Meeting
14 Dec 2019 Tour of U.S. Navy in Vietnam Exhibit at Hampton Roads Naval Museum
20 Nov 2019 ASNE-TW November Dinner / Meeting
6 Nov 2019 Design Sciences Series Workshop
16 Oct 2019 ASNE-TW October Dinner / Meeting
18 Sep 2019 ASNE-TW September Dinner / Meeting
13 Sep 2019 Arctic Day 2019
19 Jun 2019 ASNE TW Social Night @ Topgolf Virginia Beach
18 Jun 2019 Technology, Systems & Ships 2019
8 Jun 2019 ASNE - SIKA ULTIMATE BUILD-A-BOAT CHALLENGE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY @ Harborfest in the Towne Point Park, Norfolk,VA
15 May 2019 ASNE-TW May Meeting
14 May 2019 MEGA Rust 2019
17 Apr 2019 ASNE-TW April Meeting
27 Mar 2019 ASNE-TW March Meeting
20 Feb 2019 ASNE-TW February Meeting
23 Jan 2019 ASNE-TW January Meeting
12 Dec 2018 ASNE-TW December Meeting
14 Nov 2018 ASNE-TW November Meeting
17 Oct 2018 ASNE-TW October Dinner Meeting
16 Oct 2018 TEDE Symposium
17 Sep 2018 FMMS 2018 Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities/Registration
17 Sep 2018 FMMS 2018 Golf Tournament Player Registration
9 Aug 2018 Perspective on Transition Webinar
24 Jul 2018 ASNE-TW Night at the Norfolk Tides
9 Jun 2018 2018 ASNE-Sikaflex Ultimate Build-A-Boat Challenge
18 May 2018 The Mariners' Museum Reception - "Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I"
16 May 2018 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
18 Apr 2018 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
21 Mar 2018 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
22 Feb 2018 The OPV Phenomenon
21 Feb 2018 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
23 Jan 2018 Introduction to Combat Systems Engineering
17 Jan 2018 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
13 Dec 2017 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
13 Dec 2017 ASNE Naval Engineering Certificate Overview
4 Dec 2017 Combat Systems Symposium 2017
17 Nov 2017 Arctic Day 2017
15 Nov 2017 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
18 Oct 2017 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting
20 Sep 2017 ASNE-TW Monthly Dinner Meeting

Email: ASNE.tidewater.social@gmail .com

Office: (703) 836-6727

Fax: (703) 836-7491

American Society of Naval Engineers

1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1

Alexandria, VA 22314

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