Lindon Days’ first cardboard boat race rows to a sinking (and floating) success

The Belle of Lindonville claimed won the best "Titanic Award" for the most dramatic sinking boat. Check back later for pictures of the Belle of Lindonville's sinking. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

The Belle of Lindonville won the best “Titanic Award” for the most dramatic sinking boat in the open division. Check back later for pictures of the Belle of Lindonville’s sinking. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Row, row, row the cardboard boat down the pool.

Lindon city held its 1st Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lindon Aquatics Center on Thursday morning, which featured 44 homemade boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape.

“The highlight for me was seeing the creativity in the boats,” said Heath Bateman, Lindon parks and recreation director. “With the stipulations and the rules that we gave being pretty stringent cardboard and duct tape only, the uniqueness of the boats was really, really worth seeing. And the time that some people spent on it, that made us realize that they were thinking about it and making preparations for it.”

The idea for the event, which was free to enter and watch, came from volunteer Mark Spongberg.

“Mark came with the idea to us and we decided that we’d give it a try,” Bateman said. “We knew we would have a good turnout; there are a lot of scouts in this area and it’s worked out well for us.”

Outside of the boats needing to be made of only cardboard and duct tape, the other rules included that only two people could ride in the boat and they needed to complete the course (25 meters down and 25 meters back across the length of the pool).

For boats that stayed afloat through the 50-meter race, they could enter into the swamp the boat competition. The boats sailed across the pool as the teams tried to sink other boats.

Prizes were awarded to winners in two divisions: the 8- to 14-year-old division and the open division. Awards included: Fastest Boat, Team Spirit, Most Dramatic Sinking and Last Boat Floating.

Orem resident Kari Hicks was one of the first people to sign up for the unconventional race. Her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 7, helped her build the boats so everyone in their family could participate in the open division competition.

“It’s great family fun,” Hicks said. “It’s wholesome recreation for families to do together.”

Lindon Days continues this weekend with events — including Kid’s Day, mini rodeo and more — through Saturday, Aug. 8. See those events here.

Meet the Winners

Fastest Boat

8–14 division: #35 with a time of 46 seconds

Open division: U.S.S. Lindon


Team Spirit

8–14 division: Narwhale

Open division: Stars and Stripes Forever


Last Boat Standing

8–14 division: The Dominator and the Boats Still Holding

Open division: Batman


Most Dramatic Sinking

8–14 division: Avatar

Open division: Belle of Lindonville

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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