Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cardboard Boat Racers enjoy warm, sunny weather during Michigan Tech 2017 Homecoming

By Michele Bourdieu

An original flat-box design for this cardboard "boat" proved challenging during the Oct. 20, 2017, Michigan Tech Homecoming Cardboard Boat Races. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

HOUGHTON -- With the high winds and predictions of snow for this week, last Friday's balmy temperatures in the 80s (F.) may seem a distant memory of a summer day. Yet only four days ago enthusiastic Michigan Tech students enjoyed that hot, sunny weather for their Homecoming Cardboard Boat Races on the Keweenaw Waterway at Houghton Waterfront Park.

A large crowd gathers to watch and cheer as the first heat of three cardboard boats takes off:

Those whose boat doesn't survive the race don't seem to complain about the chance to cool off. (Videos by Keweenaw Now)

In another heat one boat sinks right away and the other two race madly for shore ...

"Mama's Boys" expend a lot of vocal energy as well as vigorous paddling ...

Competitors included fraternities, sororities and other campus groups, some with original hats and names -- and most relying on cardboard and duct tape.

Lesson Number 1: Don't overload your boat or you might not make it to the first buoy!

Each team is required to pull their boat completely out of the water on shore to qualify for first, second or third place.

This team remains cheerful even with a third-place.

In this heat, all three boats survive the race, including the box-shaped boat -- a subject of speculation and conversation among the spectators.

Another exciting heat and all three boats make it to shore.

More photos: 

 Triangle fraternity heading out ...

About to round a buoy ... (The Sheriff's boat patrols along with kayakers beyond the buoys.)

Racing to the finish ...

A safe landing!

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