About a week before they had to head back to school, friends Harley Stockhausen,11, and Sofie Coria, 10, signed up for the Plainfield Park District’s first-ever Cardboard Boat Regatta in August.
With the help of Haley’s dad and Sofia’s aunt, they spent a couple of days designing and then constructing their boat—The U.S.S. Walrus—out of cardboard and about nine rolls of duct tape – and then decorating it with a pair of distinctive walrus tusks encased in grey duct tape that jutted from the bow.
Aux Sable Middle School student Rex, 11, had a good time building his boat too, spending about three days on its construction and about three rolls of tape.
Mike Bedenian, and his son Logan, 13, an Indian Trails eighth grader, decorated their boat with the name “S.S. I’m Gonna Sink” and the stern with an “S.O.S.”
They described their boat’s design as a mash up of a Viking ship crossed with a gondola. They decided that dad, Mike, would take the maiden voyage during the race portion of the competition and Logan would give it a spin if it made it back successfully.
Josh, 10, and his brother Justin, 13, had the fastest ship of the night, the appropriately named, Sharknado, whose design included a menacing row of teeth.
Awards for the night included prizes for fastest boat (Sharknado); best design went to the USS Walrus; and the team spirit award went to Rex who struggled valiantly to get back in the race after his boat capsized.
Beth Brannen, recreation supervisor for the Plainfield Park District, hopes more teams take part next year.