annual Aquafest $50 Boat Race is another popular family event.
Participants and spectators alike enjoy the race on the
beautiful Lake Stevens. It’s been chronicled on television and
in the local newspapers.
is to build and sail a boat using a minimum cost, yet still
harness the wind for the fastest finish time. Often the boats
are primarily constructed of recyclables and require some
finesse to get them across the finish line. The race is intended
to be downwind to make it easier for those with little or no
sailing experience and to simplify their yachts.
may be around 200 yards or more (subject to wind conditions).
Because of wind variation it may be helpful to learn about
sailing. Many publications and schools offer such help. Samples
of free online information can be found here:
will be provided to the first place finisher, and other novel
categories such as: “Looks like a real boat” or “Should have
been First” Other prizes may be awarded as we think of them.
Special award consideration may be given for novel design or
appearance. The kids category is for those 13 and under.
participants (or their legal guardians) shall sign an entry
form, which includes a Hold Harmless Agreement. But only one
entry fee is required per boat. Race entry fees (per boat): $10 if received before July 10th, $20 day of race. Corporate or team entries are welcome.
and entries see the links above. Questions or comments can be
participants must wear
Coast guard approved type II or III PFDs (Life Jackets.)
2013 Trophy Winners
Grand Champion: Shared by twin brothers Ruben
and Azariah Crew
Saltiest: Diana Cross the only competitor to have never missed a race
Scariest: Sean Sanchez, Oops Great Effort Shared by Father Daughter team
Matthew & Lindsay Amos.
2012 Trophy Winners
Amy Cross - Grand Champion (She sailed the whole race
with a broken rudder.)
Makik Bailey – Greatest Effort
Peter Chopelas – Saltiest (Just look at his boat!)
Bryon Reunolds – Nautical Genius
Diana Cross – Pirate Award (She commandeered another
boat this year!)
Special recognition “Oops Nice Try” goes to the Lake
Stevens Rowing Club for all their support even with a kinked fuel line and a
rope around a propeller.
2011 Trophy Winners
Grand Champion: Peter Chopelas
Looks Like a real boat: Allen Barber and Gillian Anderson
Oops great effort: Bradley Potter
Scariest: Selena and Sean Shanchez
Captain’s choice award: Selena Shanchez
Young Champion: Baily Malik
Pirate Award: Diana Cross because she commandeered her sister’s boat who
is out of the country.
Boat Race Photos