Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race held in St. Charles

  • Elizabeth McLoughlin, 7, of St. Charles, makes her way across the pool during the Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday at Swanson Pool in St. Charles. Boats were made completely of cardboard, duct tape and packing tape and could hold one to four people.

      Elizabeth McLoughlin, 7, of St. Charles, makes her way across the pool during the Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday at Swanson Pool in St. Charles. Boats were made completely of cardboard, duct tape and packing tape and could hold one to four people. Mike Krebs | Staff Photographer

  • Madison Strong, 10, left, and twin sister Morgan, both of St. Charles, pose during the Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday at Swanson Pool in St. Charles. Boats were made completely of cardboard, duct tape and packing tape and could hold one to four people.

      Madison Strong, 10, left, and twin sister Morgan, both of St. Charles, pose during the Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday at Swanson Pool in St. Charles. Boats were made completely of cardboard, duct tape and packing tape and could hold one to four people. Mike Krebs | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/27/2015 6:23 PM

Building a cardboard boat is a challenging task to most.

The St. Charles Park District's first Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race of the year was held Saturday at Swanson Pool. The second race is July 11 at Otter Cove.

 

Participants were asked to build a boat using only cardboard and duct tape or packing tape. The boat had to hold between one and four people fully contained in the structure, and it had to be launched and paddled (without using legs or feet) across the pool. Lifeguards could deem a boat unsafe at any time during the event.

There were several award categories, including the Titanic Award for "most spectacular sinking ... to qualify you must salvage the remains," according to park district rules.

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