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22 vessels compete in Arcadia Lake Cardboard Regatta in Edmond

This year's annual Arcadia Lake Cardboard Boat Regatta brought out 22 vessels for the Edmond event. A vessel built to resemble Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps needed CPR.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm •  Published: August 28, 2012

— A cardboard vessel built to resemble Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps sank far short of the finish line.

Once the vessel was dragged back to the beach, team members acted as if they were giving the vessel CPR.

“It was really funny,” said Diane Self, Edmond's parks and recreation program director.

This year's Arcadia Lake Cardboard Boat Regatta fleet was made up of 22 vessels, just more than half the number that participated last year.

Self said she thinks it was too hot this year for people to be in their garages building a boat.

“We are going to look at doing it earlier in the summer,” she said.

Another new feature being considered for next year is a contest to let rookies build a vessel on site and then race. They would get duct tape, cardboard and instructions on how to build a vessel.

“We want to encourage new participants,” Self said. “We want to show them it is easy to build a basic boat.”

One of the corporate entries resembled a laptop and had to be delivered in a rental truck.

“The boat was built at work, and then it was too big to bring in their vehicles,” Self said.

“It was also great to see parents build a boat with their kids. That is what it is all about.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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