Have you ever been to a boat regatta? How about a regatta where the boats were made from cardboard?
Over the July 4th holiday weekend, Dan and I attended the “First Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta” in New Town at St. Charles, where we live. There were rules for the regatta, strictly limiting how much duct tape as well as how much other protective measures against water could be used. Basically, one could use tape to put the seams together, and one could use a water-based latex paint, but not much else. In addition, the boat had to be made of corrugated cardboard, not a dense thick cardboard, like one might find in the middle of a carpet roll.
Here’s the rest of the boat line up:
And, oh yea, one more.
The boats raced, two at a time. The boats had to go out past the yellow balloon, turn around, and come back to the shore. If a boat didn’t make it back to the shore, it was over for them. Several boats didn’t finish. The winners of each race, raced again to determine the regatta’s winner. Which boat do you think won?
This was a fun, community activity. We enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm, the creativity and watching it with our neighbors, the best neighbors in the world.
I also heard a few conversations about “next year.” Now that people have seen it, some want to sink, I mean, be in it next year, too. They are already thinking and talking about next year’s boat. What kind of cardboard boat would you make?
The idea is that this will be an annual event. For you see, this was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The regatta was coordinated by Terry Robbers, who organized it in honor of his mother, Patricia Brown, who passed away from cancer this past September. Terry wrote on our New Town Residents Facebook page, “I’m doing this with hopes the money raised will, one day, be a part of helping find a better treatment or cure for this vicious disease.” I hope so, too, Terry.
The “First Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta” was a big success. It was so much fun to watch; yet, it was more than that. It was an event with heart.