2nd Annual Southampton Marine Heritage Festival
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Boats of every description ... lots of cardboard and duct tape!
Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the races
Racers discuss strategies prior to launch
Rotary comes in the overall winner ...
... while others had trouble with direction
The 2nd Annual Southampton Marine Heritage Festival began Friday night with a 'gala launch' at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.
Museum Director-Curator, Barbara Ribey
Following a short presentation by Curator Barbara Ribey and H.M.S. General Hunter's project leader, Ken Cassavoy, visitors had the opportunity to tour the General Hunter replica ship that is housed in the Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Sahar Hannanien of the Cham-bettes beats batter for pancake breakfast
Under sunny skies, Saturday morning (July 28) began bright and early with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Chantry Island Cham-bettes women's fundraising organization.
The big event of the day however, was the much anticipated cardboard boat race where all ages had the chance to compete in homemade boats. While there were boats of every description, the one regulation common to them all was that they be made entirely of cardboard.
Connie Barker with the 'Smith Family' boat ... it looked good on land but didn't fare so well once in water!
Pumpkinfest Pirates with the Orange Pearl
Museum staff with a 'tiny Titanic' ...
... towed a tiny barge filled with staff who couldn't make it aboard ship
Rotarians carry in their craft ... hmmm, it appeared to have some engineering expertise!
While many boats remained afloat, some did not fare quite so well.
Mary Jane Salter aboard the Opti-Mist leaves Martin's Cycle Shop in her dust .... er, wake!
The Wm. Bell crew won the Family competition
(L) Summer Lawrence, mom Tara & brother Wyatt
Southampton Rotary brought home the trophy ... also made of cardboard
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Sunday, July 29, 2012