02 Aug Integrace Fairhaven annual regatta gets residents racing cardboard boats
“A crowd surrounding the Integrace Fairhaven pool observed intently as residents and local community members paddled across the water, and cheered after each lap at Tuesday’s Cardboard Boat Regatta.
“Seven teams between Integrace’s Fairhaven and Copper Ridge senior communities, and local groups raced boats they were tasked with building out of only three materials: cardboard, duct tape and trash bags.
“’We did all the painting, decorating and everything,’ said Judy Rhoades, 79, wearing her team T-shirt labeled ‘The Cottage Crustaceans,’ over a bathing suit.
“Rhoades paddled the Crustaceans’ boat, Shrimp Boat, in the regatta and didn’t know she was the lucky rower until Monday, she said. She finished the two laps in 1 minute, 36 seconds, with her duct tape-wrapped cardboard paddle falling apart halfway through.
“’Next year we are going to need new and better paddles,’ she laughed.”
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