The “Roll Tide” crew makes a speedy entry into Lake Sconti.
‘Last Minute’ wins 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta
The crew of “Eaten Alive” found itself floating in Lake Sconti before the race concluded, giving the crowd quite a laugh.
By Kim Cooper
On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Canoe Cubs held its third annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Canoe Lodge. The 2018 event hosted 13 manmade, cardboard watercrafts, which lined the Lake Sconti beach ready to race and prove their seaworthiness. Many hours of planning, designing and building were put into each craft, and each crew was enthusiastic about its chance to take home the coveted winner’s trophy.
In the first heat of the day, the Adult Division teams attempted to conquer the 150-foot course. The exquisitely built ship, “Fish are Friends, not Food,” with crew members Sue Uchneat and Hayley Cunningham, competed against Forrest Gump’s “The Jenny” and the Kenner family of the boat “Last Minute.” Ultimately, the skillset of the“Last Minute” crew took home the Adult Division crown.
The original “The Jenny” boat was built by Big Canoe POA employees Jacob VanSant, Toby Jones and Joey Roped and also raced in the 2016 and 2017 regattas. The boat was kept dry for an entire year in storage. The crew took a risk and sailed the masterpiece again this year without any repairs. Unfortunately, on the second sail of the day “The Jenny” tipped and took on too much water. Luckily, the crew of Tina Moran and Mandy Rosai made it safely to shore while puppy Winston delighted in a cool dip in Lake Sconti.
Next up, Family Division teams “S.S. Machery” and “The Kraken’s Wrath” lined the shore. After a close start, the team of Crockett and Keaton Hensley with the “S.S. Machery” won the Family Division championship. Vincent Nienhussen and Janet Arthur, the dutiful crew of “The Kraken’s Wrath,” gave a valiant effort. “Fish are Friends, not Food” tied with “The Kraken’s Wrath” for the Most Creative Boat.
Eight youth teams (ages 8-17) battled for the Youth Division. Crews for “War Eagle,” “Roll Tide,” “Lucenators,” “Eaten Alive,” “Dead Wake,” “Llampacgoats,” “International Submarine” and “Black Pearl” made their best attempt to outpace each other. The “Llampacgoats” crew of Sienna Kenner, Maddy Hodgson and Addison Scholtes finished third in the division, while the “Lucenators” crew of McKinley and Eliana Lucenay gave them a tight contest.
The crew of “Eaten Alive” found itself floating in Lake Sconti before the race concluded, giving the crowd quite a laugh. This crew—Claire and Alex Fuchs—swam as quickly as they could away from their shark-inspired boat and ultimately won the Best Sunken Ship award. The teams were divided into two heats and the crew of Lily Kenner, Maddie Park, Gracie Hawkins and Audrey Nordyke with “Dead Wake” rowed against the pirate-themed “Black Pearl” for the title. Chloe Seale and Michael Hopkins captained the impressive and mighty “Black Pearl” to a solid Youth Division championship victory. However, “Dead Wake” didn’t leave the competition empty-handed, winning for Most Spirited Team with over-the-top costumes and full-face makeup.
To add even more competition, the crew members of “Roll Tide” and “War Eagle” were not only battling the other boats but also for family bragging rights. Callie and Jack Lambert of “War Eagle” fought hard against cousins John and Luke Harris with “Roll Tide.” The same boats and crews sailed in the 2017 Regatta, and we hope to see them again in 2019.
“International Submarine” tied with “Black Pearl” for the People Choice’s award. The crew of Emma, Maja and Jesper Wright had a unique story to tell with their vessel. The family resides in Switzerland but often visits their grandparents, Jim and Mary Farinholt, in Big Canoe. The family painted half of the boat with the Swiss flag and the other half with the Stars and Stripes of the United States.
Anticipation for the overall championship heat built among crews and spectators. The teams “Black Pearl,” “S.S. Machery” and “Last Minute” had a few minutes to plan strategy, repair boat damage and size up the competition. As the shoreline erupted in cheers and the siren rang, the boats launched. The teams made the turn to the finish line and the crews were running close together, but the team of Matthew and Lindsey Kenner took a straighter route to the finish line and claimed the title of the 2018 Canoe Cubs Cardboard Boat Regatta Overall Champions for “Last Minute.”
After the final heat, rumblings came across the lake as to who would win in 2019. Will “Last Minute” defend its title or will a new crew sail to victory? Canoe Cubs will hold the annual event in late summer, but it is never too early to begin planning.
The Canoe Cubs thank the crews for their effort, creativity and grand sportsmanship, as well as committed volunteers Elizabeth Mauldin, Pat Papke, Fran and Lars McKenzie, Tom Greene, Mary Porter, Hannah Reed, Jeff Mayer, Alice Eachus, Susan and John Willson, Margo and Peter Vallone, Kay Collins, Debbie Pickett, Jill Philmon and Lindsey Kenner.
The event could not have been such a success without the support of BCERT and BCFVD as well as the Big Canoe Public Safety and Public Works team. Volunteers directed traffic, shuttled guests, monitored the shoreline and manned the safety boat. Thanks go to Greg Dunlap, Bob Miller, Eric Lindblom, Jake Reppert, Lt. Lincoln Hett, Josh Young and Kevin McTaggart.
Our community sponsors that made the event possible were Squeaky Clean, the Big Canoe POA, the Programs & Events Committee, Scott Parish Plumbing, Canoe Cubs and ESi-Engineering Systems.
Youth teams compete in the Youth Division.
Crowds line the shore at Lake Sconti.