CHESTER — On Saturday, Sept. 19, in windy and slightly chilly conditions, seven boat crews met on the banks of Macum Creek with their support teams and marine engineers to battle for the championship title. The sought after title would be winner in the inaugural Queens Landing Cardboard Boat Regatta. Residents came from all over the neighborhood to watch the races, vote on their favorite craft, cheer on the teams and see if these creations would float and for how long.

With safety briefings completed the racers hit the water for heat one. With three boats in the starting heat — two would move forward and one finished, but sustained too much damage to continue racing.

Heat two racers had their doubts but headed into the water and made their way to the start line anyway. Four boats entered with three completing the course in good time and in good shape. The field was narrowed down to the top three teams for the championship flight. The final race decided the championship and left just two boats still floating, one of which taunted next year’s builders and racers with a victory lap.

Winners are on Saturday were: in third place — mother daughter duo Maddie and Heather Payne; second place winners siblings Caroline and Lewis Molnar; special recognition was given to the youngest competitor 5-year old Annabelle Tolliver and mom Kei who received the Commodore’s Choice; and in first place Kaylyn Karnei and Dylan McCormick.

After the race, teams, builders and neighbors met in the clubhouse parking lot after the for lunch, music and acknowledgements. Both young and old paddlers received trophies, awards and congratulations for their efforts building these crafts and for their performance on the water. The Perpetual Regatta trophy was unveiled sparking debate about what design and new team would fill the 2021 spot.

Music stylings were provided by a neighborhood favorite, Steve Brandenberg and three food trucks, Blue Monkey Tacos, Smoke Rattle and Roll, and Jack Frost Ice Cream served lunch from noon until 3 p.m. keeping everyone happy and fed. This event was well attended and truly a boat load of fun.

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