Racing through the water

The waters were calm and the temperatures were warm Saturday morning for the annual Cardboard Regatta, held this year at the Webster City Outdoor Swimming Pool.

Though there were just five entries this year, the hardy sailors set sail in a variety of vessels and some proved to be more sea-worthy than others.

WCF Financial took home the first place honors for the fastest boat. Piloted by Sheila Scott, the black and gold boat finished the route in less than a minute. Scott took home I-Cub tickets as her prize for the race.

Three youngsters, Jenna and Kailey Geopfert and Caitlyn Gapp, comprised the team of Crestview Caring Cruisers. The three, with a little help from a lifeguard, finished the course and were awarded the prize for the best team effort. They received Adventureland tickets.

Gabe Ruby, who captained the vessel “Bruce” – with reference to the shark in the movie “Finding Nemo” – brought home the best looking boat award and won I-Cub Tickets.

Traveling from Gowrie, Randy Halligan and son Will, 10, won I-Cub Tickets for traveling the farthest distance to participate. The Halligans also turned in the second fastest time with their boat “Jawsome.”

Tiffany Larson, captaining the entry “Bee Inspired,” had a little trouble taking on water and ended up tipping her canoe over. But she completed the route, pushing her boat to the finish line. She was awarded a Lynard Skynard concert ticket for the Best Sinking with a tip over, which earned her extra points.

Judges for the event were Steve Struchen – winner of several previous Cardboard Regattas; Joann Robb from the Chamber of Commerce office, and Harrison and Charity Hayes.