Top News

Navy crew back for carnival cardboard boat race

Crew from the HMCS Summerside are looking for redemption after their cardboard boat was the first to sink at last year’s cardboard boat races at the Summerside Lobster Carnival.
Crew from the HMCS Summerside are looking for redemption after their cardboard boat was the first to sink at last year’s cardboard boat races at the Summerside Lobster Carnival. - Contributed

The cardboard boat races will get underway at Spinnakers Landing at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

SUMMERSIDE – Crew from the HMCS Summerside is looking to redeem themselves at the annual Summerside Lobster Carnival cardboard boat race, after their entry was the first to sink at the 2017 event.

Although the HMCS Summerside won’t be in the Summerside Port for the carnival this year, a contingent from the ship, including Lt.-Commander Emily Lambert will travel to Summerside to take part in the carnival events.

In particular their sights are set on winning the cardboard boat race, which goes Saturday, July 14. The crew has built a cardboard replica of the HMCS Summerside, detailed right down to the mounted gun on deck.

Prior to the race, their cardboard boat will be featured in the parade.

Like last year, Generation XX will run the cardboard boat race and can supply already made boats for businesses or individual who want to participate, for $100. Gordie Whitlock, of Gen XX, says the Royal Canadian Navy has stiff competition.

Participants can also make their own boat like the Navy did with their replica.

Teams already registered for the event include Stretch Fitness, the College of Piping, Generation XX, I0 Solutions, SEAM, and two ADL teams.

The cardboard boat races will get underway at Spinnakers Landing at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. It is a carnival event that attracts a good number of spectators to watch the fun and cheer on their favourite teams.   

Recent Stories