Reclaim Our River Program to hold second annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta

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The second Second Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at Nanticoke River Public Marine Park in Blades.

BLADES – Vessels made from recycled cardboard will take to the waters in the Blades Marina next month.

The Second Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta – presented by the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Reclaim Our River Program, the Town of Blades and the Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron – will cast off on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park in Blades.

Sign-in and registration begin at noon, with initial aesthetic judging at 1 p.m. and races starting at 2 p.m.

The Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta is open to anyone who can build a boat from recycled cardboard and paddle it approximately 200 yards to the regatta finish line. First-place awards will be given for winners of races in four different categories: individual, family, clubs and businesses, and non-profits and government organizations.

Boats may be any size, shape or design, but must be made of recycled cardboard. They may (and should) be painted with multiple coats of any one-part polyurethane or enamel paint. Special awards will be given for “Best Constructed Boat,” “Best Decorated Boat,” “Best Team Effort,” and “Most Whimsical Boat.” Decorations may be removed after judging, prior to the race start. Also, spectators will be asked to pick a “People’s Choice” award winner, while a special “Titanic Award” will be given for the best and “Most Dramatic Sinking!”

Participants can register the day of the event, but are encouraged to start building their boats as well as registering early for a discounted fee of $20. The week of the event, Aug. 2-8, the registration fee will be $30.

During the event, attendees can enjoy music by the band 3CNorth, grilled and baked foods as well as snacks and beverages from the Mt. Olivet Church, and find information from the Reclaim Our River (ROR) partnership on how to protect Delaware’s waterways.

The Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta is sponsored by Mow-n-Trim and the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. The ROR partnership welcomes additional event sponsors with proceeds going toward event costs, river restoration and water quality education. Sponsorships begin at $50.

More information, rules, flyer and an event entry form are available at www.delawarewatersheds.org, or by contacting Matt Babbitt at matt@delnature.org or 302-422-0847, Ext.102.

A video of the 2014 Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta can be found at https://vimeo.com/129709793.

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