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|Cardboard Sinks -- And Swims -- in Lake Storey
|By and large, competitors must be getting more and more crafty when they make boats for an annual event in Galesburg.
This was the 16th Year for the Galesburg Great Cardboat Regatta at Lake Storey -- one of a series of similar events held around that country that, race officials say, nearly stretched coast to coast this year, with Galesburg rounding out the season Sunday.
Among those building a cardboat boat for the first time was Galesburg's Tom Dunker. He and his Little Brother crafter a pirate ship and even played the part when it came time to race. Dunker told WGIL before the race he thought the boat-building might have come close to getting out of hand.
"It shouldn't have been that big," Dunker said. "But you get all the pieces together and it grew. So we're a little concerned about the wind today."
The wind did wreak some havoc on Dunker's boat, making it hard for him to turn at several stages around the Lake Storey course.
So what made Dunker want to enter this year after never doing it before?
"I've seen clips on the Internet," Dunker said. "Obviously, the fast boats, you've seen them around. I've seen a couple larger ones at other locations. I don't think we're going to win the race, but we're going to have fun."
Dunker's pirate ship may not have won the race, but it did win the race's "Vogue" award for the, quote, "Most Spectacular-Looking Boat."
Among the creations this year, a cardboard rendering of the U.S. Airways jet that crash-landed into the Hudson River in New York earlier this year.
For a full list of winners from the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, CLICK HERE.
Pictures from the 2009 Galesburg Great Cardboard Boat Regatta:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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