Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Boat Building Demo, August 30

Chestertown, MD, August 27, 2007 — Ahoy ye mateys! Learn the tips and tricks of cardboard boat building with Jon Wasserman on Thursday, August 30, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Miller Library Terrace. Wasserman, 33, grew up on the Chesapeake Bay sailing everything from Lasers to Log Canoes. He lives in Chestertown and is a Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer for Paul Reed Smith Guitars in Stevensville.

Washington College is hosting its first annual Cardboard Boat Regatta along the Chester River as part of its Waterfront Festival in Wilmer Park on September 22, 2007.

A cardboard boat regatta challenges participants to build a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard and a few other approved materials that is capable of completing a lap around a 300-meter course. The idea is to have fun on the water and be as creative as possible in designing, building and decorating the rafts. Points are also garnered by wearing costumes appropriate for the theme of the vessel. Every boat must have a captain, and there can be up to six people on a team. Entries are limited to the first 30 boats registered. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Washington College may participate.

Brave mariners will be competing for $1,125 in prizes that range from the Cape Horn Award ($300 for first around the course) to the Cutty Sark Award ($100 for best design and construction) to Titanic prize ($50 for the most spectacular sinking).

A complete list of rules and approved building materials (PDF) can be found athttp://ces.washcoll.edu or contact 410-778-7295 for more information.

Events are sponsored by the Washington College 225 Anniversary Committee, Student Affairs, and the Center for Environment & Society. Student Affairs orchestrates a range of programs, workshops, and other offerings for student development and enrichment. The Center supports interdisciplinary research and education, exemplary stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and the integration of ecological and social values.

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