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Hobart resident Zach Dix13 salutes as his fellow Boy Scout troop 65 members abandtheir duct tape cardboard ship Saturday during

Hobart resident Zach Dixon, 13, salutes as his fellow Boy Scout troop 65 members abandon their duct tape and cardboard ship on Saturday during Hobart's Cardboard Boat Regatta in Lake George.| Kyle Telechan/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 18, 2014 6:21AM



HOBART — It was a matter of sink, swim or sail to the finish line for contestants in the second annual Dam Duct Tape & Cardboard Regatta on Saturday.

Five manned boats of various designs went into the waters of Lake George as crowds lined the lakefront to cheer them on.

One sank close to the starting line. The crew abandoned ship in another and swam back to the dock. A couple were a little wobbly but made it to the end. One finished intact and in first place.

Joel “Dee” Edgington raced solo in the Class of 1948 boat, wearing a purple hat to match the boat decorated in the traditional purple and gold Brickie colors.

Before the race, Edgington joked he was prepared to go down with the ship on what his friend Jean Kanost called his maiden voyage in the regatta.

“I spent four years in the Navy. I can swim,” he said.

Edgington’s boat sank soon after the race started, earning him the trophy for best sinker. He didn’t need to swim. He was pulled safely back on the dock.

Edgington lost the race but not his sense of humor.

Asked what went wrong, he said, “I showed up.” Would he enter again? “In a heartbeat. I had a ball,” he said.

Last year’s defending champs, Boy Scout Troop 65, changed the boat design from a barge to a banana boat this year and added a couple of extra rowers as they sought to capture the top trophy again.

Unfortunately, the boat started filling with water around the first buoy and then the sides started caving in, Scoutmaster Marc Keen said.

Almost to the finish line, the crew abandoned ship and swam back to the dock.

The boat came back in pieces.

Keen blamed poor construction, adding they’ll probably go back to the original design next year.

“There’s only one way to go and that’s up,” he said.

Dan Silich, his son Adam and their Corn Getters boat won the first-place trophy this year, a triumphant victory considering their last-place finish last year.

Dan Silich attributed their success to the design of the boat, practice and the fact they “thought about it” before the race.

“It took a little imagination and faith,” Dan Silich said.

The Zimmerman family — mom Pennie Zimmerman, her sister Billie DeBoe, and her children Logan, 14, and Griffin, 12 — took the prize for most creative boat with their Barrel of Monkeys, which had a barrel made of cardboard in front and different colored monkeys attached to the sides.

Parks employee Julie Mandon said the race, which was part of the city’s annual Lakefront Festival, had a longer route this year than in the past.



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