Campers Roll Out Their Designs for Cardboard Duct Tape Boat Regatta

Author: Steve Prisament [The Current]

Viking Yachts they’re not.

But the young people building boats using cardboard and duct tape have the winning spirit of all top boat manufacturers.  

About a dozen youngsters with some adult leaders got together at Red Wing Campground here Sunday, Aug. 26 to practice the finer points of taping corrugated paper pieces into place.

Many left with their boats nearly completed.

Amy and Jake Nass were there with their sons, seventh-grader Jacob and second-grader Jonathan.

Amy Nass is president of the Port Republic School Parent Teacher Society and for months she’s been talking up the school’s Cardboard Duct Tape Boat Regatta scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Port Republic swimming beach.

The cost to enter the regatta is $20 per boat – with all the proceeds going toward programs benefitting the students at the school.

The regatta chairman is Gary Burton who was there Sunday making a boat with his two daughters, seventh-grader Carly and sixth-grader Allison.

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