On your mark, get set, paddle!
What do “Catch-22,” Ajax and the Flying Dutchman all have in common? All were boats racing in the Eighth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, Oct. 10.
The boat races are yearly challenges for students in the Dean’s Seminar for the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences. Students from the seminar are divided into groups and tasked with building a viable boat out of cardboard and duct tape.
Groups who build boats for the regatta are limited to 18 pounds of single-ply cardboard and duct tape. Two students from the group are required to climb into their boat and use their arms to paddle between the buoys set in the pool.
This year, 39 boats raced in 10 heats. While many of the boats sank soon after launch, a lucky few, including A Shore Thing and The Flying Dutchman, were able to complete the course. Each successful boat was timed completing the course, and the times were tallied.
Associate Dean Louise Stark, who has a doctorate and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as the event announcer. She will name the winners of the Cardboard Boat Regatta next week. Stay tuned!
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