Rock the boat

Several participants and many watchers came out to the beach at Briggs Woods Park for the annual cardboard regatta as part of the Boone Bash.

Three of the four boats that took part in the race were constructed by reigning champion Steve Stuchen. He rode in the Hawkeye Express, while Landon Stuchen road The Yellow Submarine. Another of his boats was used by Mikey Paisley, who rode a boat for the Webster City Community Theatre. The Theatre rode to promote its upcoming play “Nunset Boulevard,” which will be shown July 11-14 and 18-21. Paisley wore a nun’s habit for the ride.

The last boat, captained by Tammy Hanson of Webster City Daycare was less refined than Stuchen’s, but she powered through.

Darcy and Kyle Swon judged the event. Kyle Swon said that Webster City Federal Savings Bank held a promotion, giving out four tickets to the upcoming Styx concert. The promotion, posted on Facebook, said the first person who came up to Kyle Swon and said “Webster City Federal Savings Bank, Safe and Secure” would receive the tickets. He said it was not long before someone came to claim the prize.

The race had all four boats go around the border of the swimming area of the beach and back again. Steve Stuchen retained his title, coming in first, followed closely by Landon Stuchen. While Paisley had a firm hold on third place for much of the race, he fell from his boat on the second lap, with Hanson coming in third.

Stuchen said his boats have been used for up to four years in the cardboard regatta races in Webster City. He said after he became familiar with building the boats, it takes about six hours to complete one.