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