Some cardboard, duct tape and the will to navigate the Noble Park Pool is all it takes to participate in the annual Paducah Regatta.
Mallory Gentry, recreation specialist with the Paducah Parks Services Department, said last year's race winner was the Paducah Elks Lodge team, which made it across the pool first. The reigning champions are expected to return Saturday.
The event is open to all ages. Some of last year's 11 boats were created and navigated by families, children and adults, Gentry said.
Some participants put in hours before the event crafting their cardboard and duct-taped vessels.
The parks department brings supplies to the registration, where interested participants can create boats at the pool within a one-hour time limit before the race. Gentry said that gives families at the park who were unaware of the event a chance to partake.
The race rules are simple. Boats must be made of cardboad or paper products and duct tape or water soluble glues and may be no larger than 5 feet by 12 feet.
Trophies are awarded for the Titanic Award, which goes to the fastest or most dramatic sinking; the largest crew award, which goes to the boat that is able to float while holding the most crew members; the crowd favorite award; and the overall winner for the boat with the fastest time.
Teams can bring a few supplies to aid in traversing the pool, including paddles, or even cups to scoop water out of their sinking boat.
Gentry said last year a team of five or six kids made it across the pool.
"It's just something different, something fun for the families to get out and do," Gentry said. "We try to use the pool for as many reasons as we can."
Cost to register a boat is $10. The event will begin with registration starting at 8:45 a.m. Saturday until the race begins at 10 a.m. Lifeguards will be on duty.
Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.
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