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.)
to the 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
- 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.
$50 Boat Race Trophies Awarded
Grand Champion: Peter
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.
View $50 Boat Race Photos