It’s sink or swim! The Los Alamos Recreation Department to host the first Cardboard Canoe Regatta June 20

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is accepting boat team registrations for its first-ever Cardboard Canoe Regatta, which will be held from 1-5 p.m. June 20 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

The “challenge” of this event, besides having fun, is for a crew of two to 10 people to design and build a two-person, human-powered canoe entirely out of recycled cardboard and duct tape. The two-person crew will be challenged to complete a 100-meter course using the long lanes of the Olympic-size pool. The fastest sinking boat earns the “Titanic Award.”  

The recreation staff is hard at work creating their own floating contraption.

Outdoor Recreation Leaders and Regatta Directors Abraham Padilla and Dane Obermeyer were tasked with the challenge of creating and testing their very own cardboard canoe. “Our first design (Prototype-I) was born from the idea of sailing a catamaran, so we went ahead and constructed our own cardboard catamaran,” Padilla said. Although “Prototype-I” was launched successfully at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, Obermeyer and Padilla discovered some weaknesses in their design that made the canoe short-lived.

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