Looking back while moving forward – As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back.
Among pandemic’s victims is Cape Coral’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which had been scheduled in April; it would have been the 25th event in 26 years [It was cancelled once because the bay in which it was to be held was polluted.].
Somewhat like similar events in other parts of the country, anyone can participate by building boats using only cardboard, glue, tape and paint. Materials which would aid flotation are prohibited as are decorations that might help keep the boat together.
Boats are built by everyone: families, students, clubs, neighbors, and businesses.
And yes, a lot of the boats sink. Maybe that is why as many as three thousand spectators will line the shores to watch the event. Or maybe it is just fun.
As sports fans often say, “wait until next year.”
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Date of our visit: 3 Jun 2006