{Row, Row Your Carboard Boat}

If you're not living here...you're simply missing it!
I adore living in the Finger Lakes during the summer.
Every time we've ever off-the-cuff mentioned,
"Hey, we should move to such-and-such a place"
We always come back to: "But there isn't any other place in the world that is so beautiful"
And there is so much summer fun around here too.
Festivals and events.
We decided last year, that it would be good just to cut back on our travels during the summer months
And just enjoy what the FLX has to offer.

Last weekend that included Cruisin' Night here on our very own Main St.
Lots of fun cars...old and new to ogle and drool on.
{And no, I don't have pictures.  I was too busy with the littles}
We also got to take in the Cardboard Boat Regatta in a neighboring town.
It's been on our list of things to do for years,
And this year we made it a must do!
Especially since we knew some of the rowers.

Each boat has to be made of only cardboard, glue, ducktape or paint.
There are different "classes" for the boats
Some of them are single hull with only one rower,
Some are multi hull, etc.
Basically you're allowed to be as innovative as you'd like
And row with as many or few people as you want to take on.
There were canoes, kayaks, catamerans, pontoons, you name it.
Some were in it for the speed or for best in show,
Others were in it for the party and to get spectators wet.

  {The crowds were huge.  And by 2:00 in the afternoon, the liquor was flowing rather freely.  It was a bit like spring break in the FLX, if I was honest.  And the liquor may have inhibited more than a rower or two of some of these boats.)
 The kids had to get some dry land boat time
 The magnificent rowers of our favorite boat. 
They won fastest time in the multi hull and best boat construction.  Yay them!

 {Note the cool pick Jeep in the background.  That thing was awesome and totally sea worthy.  They just paddled back and forth by the sea wall for a while.}

There were almost 70 boats entered in the regatta.  And there were more than a few that needed to be hauled out and rescued by a Sea Doo.  Some only lasted seconds after entering the water and breaking into many pieces of soggy cardboard.  Others made it part way and sank.  The best ones made it to the finish line and then some.  
I should have shot a picture of the dumpster just off the finish line.  So much soggy cardboard.

They're entering the water!  Go Team OverSize Load!
 And they were off!  They had some fierce paddlers and they rounded to the finish line in seemingly no time at all.  Next year they'll need to remake the upper portion of the boat, but the lower pontoons were so well wrapped with duck tape, they didn't take on any water at all.
Super fun!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I spot a cousin there! Go Wes!! =)
    That sounds so cool...we did cardboard boat races @ our annual fam camp last year and it was SUCH a blast-everyone LOVED it. Not nearly as big scale as yours there in NY though. =) But it was still super fun. We got the idea from the Youngmans..=)
    Love your blog, Jo! =)


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