Cardboard and duct tape.
That’s all you are allowed to use, and you have to make the kayak in the park just before the race.
On Monday, racers paddled their kayaks down the lake and around a pylon and back. Many didn’t make it – they floundered and sank, often slowly and hilariously.
The event is sponsored by the Nelson Paddling Club. This year there were three race categories: kids, families, and businesses.
There were 71 entries this year, up from 46 last year, according to Heather Potkins who organized the event along with Tessa Timmermans and Carson VanHorne.
Frances Tait and Fyn Taylor won the kids’ race.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Fyn after the big win.
“Like a champion,” said Frances.
What was the winning feature of their kayak design?
“The point at the front,” they said. “And it was waterproof. There were no holes.”
See a video of the event on the online version of this story at nelsonstar.com.