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2019 Long-View Cardboard Boat Regatta

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2019 Long-View Cardboard Boat Regatta

It’s a quirky and fun annual tradition for us…the Long-View Cardboard Regatta. This tradition started as a Build Week but moved to a community activity that is jointly run by the kids and staff of Long-View. The challenge? Design and build a human-powered boat that can carry one crew member (“the captain”) to the middle of Lake Austin and back, navigating the regatta course along the way. The boat may only be made of cardboard and duct tape.

Seventeen teams went through the registration process this year, submitting paperwork and blueprints, and readying themselves for the regatta. With boat names like "Zombies Can’t Swim,” “Shoo-Shoo,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Sloth,” and “USS Sinker,” we knew it was going to be a fun event! As always the coveted trophy (made out of cardboard, of course!) was the prize. See the event captured in this photo album.

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The 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

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The 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Phosphorax, The Puffin, The Cat’s Meow, Titanic 2.0, The Pajama Defenders and USS Lexington: these were just a few of the “seaworthy” crafts that launched one bright, sunny morning in May for the second annual Long-View Cardboard Boat Regatta. A crowd gathered at the Loop 360 Boat Ramp and cheered on as 14 boats, well 13 boats, successfully completed the course, paddling out into Lake Austin and back to shore….

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