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Family Fun at the 8th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Jeff Weiler Jr. and Sr. paddled the "Bear Claw" for the overall championship at the 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. (July 4, 2018)


ALPENA- The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center hosted the 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta for Alpena’s Fourth of July festivities. Paddlers competed in three divisions: Kids’ Paddle (10-14 year-old sailors), Crew of Two, and The Whole Crew-Group (minimum of 3 sailors to compete).

The Bear Claw guided by Jeff Weiler Jr. and Sr. won the overall event and took home the Admiral’s Award.

The Thunder Bay Theater paddled with 13 people on their boat. They sunk early, but the team had fun.

Here are the final results:

1st Place Class 1 (Kids Paddle) : Zibby 1
1st Place Class 3 (Crew of 2) : Bear Crew
1st Place Class 4 (Crew of 3 or more) : A Bad Idea

Pride of the Fleet Award (Most Well Engineered) : A Bad Idea
Admiral’s Award (Most Innovative Design) : Bear Crew
Captain’s Award (Team Spirit) : Thunder Bay Theatre
Judge’s Bribe Award (Most Money Raised for the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary) : Emily Grace
Most Sailor’s Afloat Award : A Bad Idea
Titanic Award (Most Spectacular Sinking) : Unsinkable 10
Thunder Bay Cup : Bear Crew
Battle Royale : Bear Crew