Caitlin Fitch

Scene in S.B.: Kardboard Kayak Race

More Than 30 Teams Compete in Maritime Museum’s Fun Flotational Affair

Last Saturday, 28 teams paired creative engineering with sheer bravery to compete in the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s annual Kardboard Kayak Race. “We’ve done this four years in a row now and have won first and second place before,” said Brad Penkala while he and his son, William (above), carefully crafted their vessel. Using only two sheets of cardboard, a yardstick, a roll of duct tape, and a utility knife, teams had to create a seaworthy craft in one hour, which they then raced to a buoy. The winners of each heat got a trophy and, of course, glory.

By Caitlin Fitch

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