Fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta held


By Michaela Priddy - Intern/Reporter



Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers of Lost Hope struggle to finish the Open Category Race as their boat takes on water.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Herman Pawley, back, and his partner, front, won the race in the Older Than 50 Category in their boat, the Apollo 64.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Landan Whitley, front, cheers as he and grandfather, Herman Pawley, back, finish first in the Parent & Child Category race in Apollo 64.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Brendan Kelting, front, and Tim Kelting flip over with their boat, Duck Hunter, in the Parent & Child Category race. The boat took Tim Kelting two weeks to build but wasn’t able to finish the race.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Trevor Johnson paddled his team’s boat Lost Hope with swimming behind in order to win the Civic Group/Neighborhood Category race.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Yacht-Z, forefront, and Apollo 64, far back, both start the Older Than 50 category race of this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers and their boats prepare for the Open Category Race, which allowed every able boat to participate largest race of the regatta.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray, front, and Marlena Young, back, finish the Parent & Child Category Race in the S.S. Last Minute, despite taking on water.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray decided to race on his own in the Open Category race in the S.S. Last Minute, finishing the race to applause from the crowd.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette The Yacht-Z switched racers to participate in the Older Than 50 category at the Cardboard Boat Regatta.


Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Gary Staub, back, and his partner, front, paddle past Lost Hope in their Yacht-Z in the Open Category race.


Boaters and beach goers gathered Saturday, June 25 to enjoy Rough River Lake’s fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on North Fork Campground Beach.

Six boats registered and raced in the four different classes at the regatta, all made out of cardboard, duct tape, glue, and paint. Racers were both local and from out of town, some coming from as far as Louisville. For many, it was their first time.

“We’ve watched it, but this is our first time in it. We don’t know what to expect,” said Ronda Staub, who was there to support Yacht-Z, a red, white, and blue boat captained by Gary Staub from Louisville.

There were four different races for each class and most boats qualified to participate in more than one race.

The civic and neighborhood group kicked off the event with The Sweet and Lost Hope in the first race. The Sweet, manned by Madison Roth and Kaitlyn Lucas, sank quickly and wasn’t able to end the race, though the audience cheered and applauded the girls for effort. Lost Hope, which had six family members from North Creek, finished and won the race after much difficulty, with Trevor Johnson paddling while his teammates swam behind him.

The second race was made up of parents and their children, with boats Apollo 64, Yacht-Z, Duck Hunter, and S.S. Last Minute.

Duck Hunter, with father and son Tim and Brendan Kelting from Louisville, weren’t able to finish the race, as their boat overturned multiple times and began to take water. The other boats, however, all finished the race with Apollo 64 in the lead with Landon Whitley and his grandfather Herman Pawley, of Elizabethtown.

“I’m proud of the result,” said Whitley about Apollo 64, which took an estimated three weeks to build.

The next race was the open category, and it was the biggest race, with all boats except The Sweet and Duck Hunter racing. Though S.S. Last Minute was taking on water in the last race, Colton Gray, from Eastview, was determined to participate and raced without his partner Marlena Young. Despite this, all boats finished the race, with Apollo 64 winning a second time.

The fourth, and last, race was for those 50 years or older. The Yacht-Z and Apollo 64 switched out racers to participate in the race. Both boats did well, with Apollo 64 in the lead for its third win.

Other special awards were given out to participants after cheers rang out for all of the racers and the boats were taken out of the water. The Sweet, raced by Roth and Lucas, won the Titanic Award, also known as The Most Likely to Sink. Best Decorated was awarded to Whitley and Pawley for Apollo 64. Most Entertaining was awarded to the captain of Yacht-Z, Gary Staub.

The regatta was enjoyed by all as the crowd cheered and participants left the water laughing. Though the Cardboard Boat Regatta ended this last weekend, next summer will bring the race again, where newcomers and past participants alike are welcome to try out their handmade boats out on the water.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers of Lost Hope struggle to finish the Open Category Race as their boat takes on water.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Open-Race-LH.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers of Lost Hope struggle to finish the Open Category Race as their boat takes on water.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Herman Pawley, back, and his partner, front, won the race in the Older Than 50 Category in their boat, the Apollo 64.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Apollo-64-Over-50.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Herman Pawley, back, and his partner, front, won the race in the Older Than 50 Category in their boat, the Apollo 64.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Landan Whitley, front, cheers as he and grandfather, Herman Pawley, back, finish first in the Parent & Child Category race in Apollo 64.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Apollo-64-Grandson-Grandfather.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Landan Whitley, front, cheers as he and grandfather, Herman Pawley, back, finish first in the Parent & Child Category race in Apollo 64.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Brendan Kelting, front, and Tim Kelting flip over with their boat, Duck Hunter, in the Parent & Child Category race. The boat took Tim Kelting two weeks to build but wasn’t able to finish the race.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Duck-Hunter-Toppling.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Brendan Kelting, front, and Tim Kelting flip over with their boat, Duck Hunter, in the Parent & Child Category race. The boat took Tim Kelting two weeks to build but wasn’t able to finish the race.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Trevor Johnson paddled his team’s boat Lost Hope with swimming behind in order to win the Civic Group/Neighborhood Category race.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lost-Hope.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Trevor Johnson paddled his team’s boat Lost Hope with swimming behind in order to win the Civic Group/Neighborhood Category race.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Yacht-Z, forefront, and Apollo 64, far back, both start the Older Than 50 category race of this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Older-than-50-Start.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Yacht-Z, forefront, and Apollo 64, far back, both start the Older Than 50 category race of this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers and their boats prepare for the Open Category Race, which allowed every able boat to participate largest race of the regatta.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Open-Category-Race.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Racers and their boats prepare for the Open Category Race, which allowed every able boat to participate largest race of the regatta.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray, front, and Marlena Young, back, finish the Parent & Child Category Race in the S.S. Last Minute, despite taking on water.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_S.S.-Last-Minute-Both.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray, front, and Marlena Young, back, finish the Parent & Child Category Race in the S.S. Last Minute, despite taking on water.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray decided to race on his own in the Open Category race in the S.S. Last Minute, finishing the race to applause from the crowd.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_S.S.-Last-Minute-Boy.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Colton Gray decided to race on his own in the Open Category race in the S.S. Last Minute, finishing the race to applause from the crowd.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette The Yacht-Z switched racers to participate in the Older Than 50 category at the Cardboard Boat Regatta.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Yacht-Z-Older-than-50.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette The Yacht-Z switched racers to participate in the Older Than 50 category at the Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Michaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Gary Staub, back, and his partner, front, paddle past Lost Hope in their Yacht-Z in the Open Category race.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Yacht-Z-Open.jpgMichaela Priddy | GC News-Gazette Gary Staub, back, and his partner, front, paddle past Lost Hope in their Yacht-Z in the Open Category race.

By Michaela Priddy

Intern/Reporter

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