Cardboard boats to race in annual regatta at lake

June 03, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

The Titanic Award for the most spectacular boat sinking will be among the awards Saturday at the sixth annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Kittamaqundi, as amateur boat builders compete to raise money for the Columbia Forum.

"It's a fun race," said Louise Riemer, the forum's president and an organizer of the event. "Boats are supposed to last for three races, but some don't make it because of the cardboard and poor construction."

The Columbia Forum, the event's beneficiary, is an independent civic group established in 1981.

"If we make $5,000, we'll be happy," said Riemer, noting that the regatta raised $3,000 last year.

Fifty boats are scheduled to race over the 200-yard course, including a boat made by physics students at Hammond High School, Riemer said. To compete, boats must be made from corrugated cardboard and can be propelled by oars, canoe or kayak paddles or sails.

Finalists will receive trophies, some of which are humorous, such as the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking.

Information: (410) 730-4458 or (410) 730-1301.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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