"Shark Bait" was seaworthy.
The Tice family's boat was the big winner at SECA's first-ever Boatyard Wars race held in the SECA Pool last Thursday night.
The craft, constructed out of cardboard and duct tape by siblings Molly Tice, 12, and Evan Tice, 8, completed the course in 23 seconds.
"I feel great," Molly said after the race. "We put a lot of duct tape on it and duct tape helps you float."
Molly said the siblings spent two and a half days on the vessel, finishing the oars on the day of the competition. She estimates they used over 10 rolls of duct tape.
Evan designed the boat, which he calls a "slash pontoon, slash speed boat" (/pontoon/speed boat)."
It was named "Shark Bait" by their sister, Julianna.
Boatyard Wars was the brainchild of SECA Director Rick Kerns. "We decided to do this for a family event," Kerns said. "I've done it in other places. Not only does it get the community excited to come to the pool, it also gets families excited to come together on something."
Kerns hopes Boatyard Wars catches on in the community. "We would love to make it an annual event," he said. "We have four boats this year. Hopefully, next year we will double that."
The rules were simple. Boats could only be made out of cardboard and duct tape. Paddles were permitted provided they were also comprised of only cardboard and duct tape. Each boat had to carry at least two team members.
Keith Randall's children, Brett and Carina, also participated. "I thought it'd be a lot of fun," he said. Brett, 7, said he cut some of the cardboard and put on the duct tape. Their boat was called "The Ark".
There were two SECA entries, one by front desk staffers and another by lifeguards. As a team building activity, Kerns allowed the SECA teams two rolls of duct tape and an unlimited supply of cardboard, and gave them 90 minutes to build their boats.
Kerns and AJ Jackson manned the front desk's boat. Braden Jarabak and Sophie Plechner were on the lifeguards' entry.
The Tice family's prize was a roll of duct tape and four 2019 guest passes to the SECA Pool which are good until Labor Day.
The results: 1. Tice family :23, 2. lifeguards :25, 3. Randall family :42, 4. front desk :50.