PHOTOS, VIDEO: Cardboard Boats Float — or Not — in Port Harbor

The Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival involved two races this year: a build-ahead and build-it-that-day competition. Find out the winners and flip through these photos to see who sinks and who floats.

The build-ahead cardboard boat race took place Saturday afternoon, with nine boats: eight in the multi-adult category, and one multi-youth boat.

Here are the awards for that race:

  • Fastest adult winner:   II, time 1:57.4
  • Fastest youth winner: Shark Bait, time 2:11.5
  • Engineering award: Red Fusion, Capt. Glenn Walters
  • Vogue Award: Solo, Capt. Jean Gruen
  • Team Spirit: Splittoon, Capt. Maggie Brady
  • Titanic Award: Port Washington Yacht Club, Capt. Dennis Walters

On Sunday, there were four groups of people that participated in the build-it-that-day race. Each team was given all the supplies to build the boat, and had from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to construct it, with the race at 2 p.m.

Here are the awards for that race:

  • Fastest boat: Sinking Feeling, Capt. James Engle, time 1:56.9
  • Engineering Award: Tri Force, sponsored by Red Fusion
  • Vogue Award: Team Dingy, sponsored by
  • Team Spirit: Gold Doubloon sponsored by
  • Titanic Award: Sinking Feeling, self-sponsored by James Engle
Chris Pike August 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Looks like fun, didn't get off the light station to see the rest of the event!
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks for the upload, Mac. That is really cool!
Benjamin Lloyd August 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We captured a time lapse of the triforce boat build: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP3yptexzoM
Anne August 30, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Did anyone else notice that when a boat sank and the people had to swim to a ladder that the ladder was to short. They needed help getting up the ladders. This should be a wake-up call to the city and the harbor master to make the ladders longer. I would hate to see someone fall in the water during winter, unable to reach the ladders and be found with hypothermea. This problem could be prevented NOW.


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