3rd Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta on the Nanticoke Makes Another Big Splash

Some Rowers Even Make Their Way to Regatta Finish Line

Third Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta
Third Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Dover, DE -(AmmoLand.com)- The Third Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta – presented by the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Reclaim Our River Program (ROR), the Town of Blades, the Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, and the Nanticoke Yacht Club – cast off with great ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park in Blades and finished as the most entertaining race yet in the increasingly popular event’s brief history.

A crowd of some 250 people gathered at the marina to see who built the fastest boat and more importantly, who among the boat builders were competing for the prestigious “Titanic Award.” The mood was light and festive on the hot sunny Saturday as the crowd waited for judging results and also to hear the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.” Spectators spent the morning visiting the ROR partners’ exhibits and enjoying food provided by the Blades United Methodist Church. The goal of the event was to provide a fun recreational activity that connects Sussex County residents with their waterways, while providing important information on how to protect Delaware’s aquatic resources.

The Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta was open to anyone who could build a boat from recycled cardboard and paddle it approximately 200 yards from the race start to the regatta finish line. First-place awards were given for winners of races in four different categories: individual, family, clubs and businesses, and non-profits and government organizations.

Awards winners were:

  • Best Decorated Boat82 Marine 1 – sponsored by the Lewes Fire Company and captained by Sara Esposito
  • Best Team Effort Swamp Monster – sponsored by Trap Pond State Park and captained by Courtney Betts
  • Most WhimsicalSwamp Monster – sponsored by Trap Pond State Park and captained by Courtney Betts
  • Pride of the Fleet82 Marine 1 – sponsored by the Lewes Fire Company and captained by Sara Esposito
  • People’s ChoiceSwamp Monster – sponsored by Trap Pond State Park and captained by Courtney Betts
  • Titanic AwardRavenger – sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 182 and captained by James & Avery Stroup
  • Individual Race WinnerHibiki – Captained by Troy Julian
  • Family Race Winner82 Marine 1 – sponsored by the Lewes Fire Company and Captained by Sara Esposito
  • Non Profits/GovernmentSwamp Monster – sponsored by Trap Pond State Park and captained by Courtney Betts
  • Businesses/ClubsThe Johnny – Sponsored by Johnny Janosik Furniture and captained by Ken Everline

Judging was by Gallery 107, the Nanticoke River Arts Council. Sponsors of the event include Mow-N-Trim, Peninsula Oil and the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. A special thanks was given to the rescue boat volunteers.

Photos of the event can be found on flickr. More information on the Cardboard Boat Regatta is available at www.delawarewatersheds.org, or by contacting Phil Miller or 302-290-3578.

The 2016 Promo Video of past Recycled Cardboard Boat Regattas can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDqFDY7eQWU.

The Reclaim Our River – Nanticoke Series is devoted to bringing monthly events, workshops and recreational activities to the Nanticoke Watershed. The series offers participants fun opportunities to connect with Delaware’s waterways and provides important information on water quality that can help in protecting aquatic resources.

About the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC):

DNREC is committed to preserving the quality of Delaware’s environment, maintaining the health and safety of its residents, and protecting the natural systems upon which life depends. DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s mission is to ensure that the freshwater, marine and wildlife resources of the State of Delaware will be conserved and managed for equitable and sustainable use.

For more information, visit: www.dnrec.delaware.gov.

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I am not sure that this Delaware Dept of Nat Resources sponsored regatta is regulated enough to prevent Hillary from fainting again. Somebody get these kids an EPA inspector, a Coast Guard rescue team, the fun police, there ought to be a law….something!

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Guaranteed that one of your cited bureaucracies would find someone’s bottom paint non-compliant with current federal regulations. This would then be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, which is far more than can be said of all the criminal activity perpetrated by, or participated in, by Hillary Clinton. Which way to the revolution??!!!!