OWC takes awards in America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta

Every year, America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta holds it’s annual event at the Crystal Lake Main Beach in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This event was originally created by members of the Crystal Lake Yacht Club to provide people with a fun day and to enjoy Crystal Lake. Every year the Regatta hosts more than 180 cardboard boats and over 5,000 spectators. Over the years, this event has grown and is now considered by people worldwide as the championship of Cardboard boat racing. Participants have come from all over the Chicago region and as far away as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

Best of all, the proceeds from America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta benefit a wide variety of local charities.

This year for the event’s 25th Anniversary, the Other World Computing team of businesses OWC.net, Two Tails Market & Eatery and Java Planet entered a joint effort vessel for the third straight year. Additionally, the combined financial contributions of the businesses earned a Gold Level sponsorship of the event itself.

OWC participants in the event included:

Captain : Ryan O’Connor
Boat Coxswain: Amanda Tabor
Rowing Team:
  • Brian Bielick
  • Brian Bellman
  • Josh Buhr
  • Brittany Finn
  • Horacio Villa
  • Joseph Alemann
  • Russell Wilson
  • Ryan Kanak
  • Bill Friel
  • Colleen Cullerton
  • Chelsea MacNamara

Shore Patrol:  Kayleen Ivers, Kevin Ivers, Eileen Milard, Laura Park

Cap’n Ryan O’Connor had this to say after the event: “What a great day we all had Saturday. Our crew and support staff are to be commended for their professionalism in representing OWC, Two Tails, and Java Planet with a high level of enthusiasm and involvement with the event. It was great to see so many OWC, Two Tails, and Java Planet team-members come out to support what was really fun and exciting day at the races.”

To top it all off, we took home two trophies:

  • 2nd place Most Enthusiastic Crew
  • 3rd Place overall in the race itself
The S.S. Eileen, complete with rigging, sails, a crow’s nest, and our own mascot in the crow’s nest (a stuffed monkey the crew “appropriated” from our accounting department); was certainly the largest vessel entered in the event. The 20 foot boat was so tall it was brushing tree tops and phone wires as it was proceeded in a slow parade, down back roads to the event. Upon its maiden entry to the water, the boat was christened with a bottle of Diet Coke.
For the first race, Star 105.5, the local radio station covering the event, played Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen” in homage to the name of the boat. Other notable entries were the VW Bus from Scooby Doo and a 20-foot long flying wedge guitar-shaped boat, complete with two crew members fully outfitted as band members from KISS.
Our boat was so well built it survived the whole day intact. Other entries that weren’t as seaworthy ended up in the dumpsters provided by the race organizers.

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