Using a little cardboard and duct tape and a lot of paint, participants in the 18th International Cardboard Boat Regatta had relatively smooth sailing Saturday.
The annual event drew a crowd of around 5,000 to New Richmond as they lined Front Street and meandered through the River Days Festival.
A total of 50 entries entered the water to compete, tying last year’s record. The race maintained its international status with “Rooty Tooty Aim and Shooty” captain Ian Lehn piloting his father Rick Lehn’s Lehn Painting boat.
"The types of boats and quality is improving every year," "Cardboard" Ray Perszyk said. "We had several boats that were being entered for the third year. They were solid and sealed up well so once they dry out they last."
Perszyk said he's already making plans for the 19th race next year. He said expanding the number of local politicians participating would be entertaining. He said he is also working with a local Boy Scout troop leader to try to get several scouts to compete next year.
"It would be another great way to get the kids involved," Perszyk said.
He said he is also toying with the idea of a Golden Buckeye category for the 60 and over crowd.