Hundreds show up for cardboard boat race in Bay St. Louis


BAY ST. Louis, Miss. (WLOX) – Typically, cardboard gets wet when in water, but that hasn’t stopped folks in Hancock County from making boats out of the material for the “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” race.

The Hancock County Historical Society organized the event, offering individual or group races. The prizes went to the winners, the most original boat, the best design and the most dramatic sinking.

The ships lined up along the beach in Bay St. Louis before a mad dash through the water.

“I just jumped into a frantic canoe and somehow won,” said high school student Adam Cain.

Cain rounded the buoy and cleared the last flag in first place for the singles race.

” I am very surprised. I expected to sink immediately,” Cain said. “It was the first time I did that. I didn’t expect to win at all. »

The competition pushes the makeshift boats and the sailors to their last entrenchments.

“I’m tired. It was a lot of rowing,” Brady McCaw said in high school.

McCaw and Jaden Talbot both won the group race in their cardboard Viking boat, which was put together until the last minute.

“We all did it last night and were up until morning,” Talbot said. “It was tiring but it paid off.”

The boat race was the first of its kind in Bay St. Louis, attracting many curious spectators.

“I’m really surprised by how many people showed up,” said high school student Adam Heitzmann. “It’s a lot.”

Whether they won or not, participants were simply thrilled to see their creations come to life.

“I was trying to go for something that floated, that was my main inspiration,” said Waveland resident Mike Riebe.

Racers say they enjoyed the challenge of creating a boat that was both functional and stood out. They also say that building a ship out of cardboard does not require a lot of prior skills.

“Not a lot of engineering skills, you just need the basics like a little math, a lot of art,” said Waveland resident Jack Whitney.

With over a dozen boats competing this year, the aim is to increase that number for next year.

“So we thought we would get a large audience, which would help promote the historical society to a wider audience,” said Hancock County Historical Society President Chris Roth. ” That’s the point. It would be fun to involve people and that’s what we wanted to do.

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