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 TaborRowing 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
To top it all off, we took home two trophies:
- 2nd place Most Enthusiastic Crew
- 3rd Place overall in the race itself