Cardboard boat race features round boat
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Windsor - posted Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Boats made of cardboard lined up along the walking path by the old filter beds in Broad Brook on July 21, while residents registered for the American River Commission's cardboard boat race. There were seven boats waiting to begin the race, some of which were returning participants, while others were traveling down the Scantic River for the first time.
“The American River Heritage does this to bring exposure to the river and how much fun it is,” said member John Burnham.
After being rescheduled twice because of poor river conditions, the captains of six boats were unable to attend. However, it also gave others, such as Mike Mosher and Patrick Mulkern, the opportunity to learn about the race and construct a boat. The duo had a different shaped boat than the rest, which even they were a little skeptical about when they started building, according to Mosher. Their boat was round, as opposed to the others, which had boats similar to the shape of a canoe.
Once the race began, participants picked up their boats and hurried into the water. Mosher and Mulkern took the lead for most of the race until they got stuck near the end. American River Commission member Debbie Talamini was close behind and ended up winning the race, but the pair was able to get unstuck quickly enough to come in second. There was only one boat that needed help to the finish line, and that was because the bottom ripped. “No more Ocean State duct tape, and maybe a flat bottom boat would be better,” said Albert Grant.