Third time lucky!
Two rain delays and yet more uncertain weather Saturday took their toll on the turnout for this year’s Cardboard Boat Race, but after two rain delays, the event, run by the Bluffton Parks Department, finally went ahead Saturday afternoon at the Wells Community Pool.
As Bluffton Park’s Department Director Pam Vanderkolk noted, this was the first year in the history of the event that rain had been a factor in the event.
Only eight boats lined up this year, with the field also affected by the forced rescheduling. One boat did not survive last Saturday’s initial rain delay, while the crews of two more were unable to attend this weekend due to other commitments. A second rain delay had prevented the event from being held Wednesday night also.
Six boats contested the under-14 years age group, while two battled it out in the over-14 group.
Ben Miller and Zach Zeis, on board Skateboard, had a little too much steam for the Winfree III crew of Jake Price and Mike Sorg, taking out the over-14 competition. Skateboard also won the People’s Choice award.
The second heat (see the picture above) in the under-14 competition provided the battle for top honors, with Carson and Cole Sheets on board Dog Paddlin’ edging out Gabe and Gus Martinez on Shark Rafter by barely a nose. Dog Paddlin’ also won the Best Theme award.
Space Ride, crewed by Alex Hernandez and Gilbert Martinez won the Titanic award.
Video from the event will follow shortly.