One Bruin and three Bears departed at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16th. Meanwhile, the remaining seven team members flew in to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, June 18th. The team was reunited in full on Friday, June 19th. Once there, the entire team checked into its rooms at Clemson University and repaired damages on the final display (which were caused by the cross country trip).
Day one began at 7 a.m. when the team unpacked the stands, cutaway, canoe, and display from the Cal trailer. The display was quickly assembled just in time for the team picture and official weigh-in. The canoe weight submitted by UCLA was 169 lbs, and the team comfortably met the 10 lb tolerance by officially weighing-in at 166 lbs. After weigh-in, Arcturus was taken to the dunk test. During the dunk test, the canoe is placed with two 25-lb sand bags and is completely submerged. The submerged canoe must then rise to the surface within two minutes of being pushed under. While the back half of Arcturus did break the surface (due to uneven buoyancy in the canoe, the bow remained under water), this was deemed as a non-pass by the CNCC (Committee on National Concrete Canoes). The UCLA team added additional floatation to Arcturus and was assessed a penalty on the final product score.