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Cardboard Boats Set Sail in Reston's Unique Competition

Suzanne Zurn

The Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is back on August 13, 2022 after a two year hiatus from COVID-19 event restrictions. Over 50 life-size cardboard boats created from cardboard and duct tape will set sail and race on Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Teams of all ages will race in timed heats by rowing out to a designated buoy and back to the docks. Creative boat designs and costumes are encouraged.

Prizes are awarded to the fastest boats in each category and winners of the design contest. The consolation “Titanic” award is given to the vessel that sinks in the most epic fashion.
Kardboard Draken, NOVA Labs' entry in the 2022 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is almost ready.NOVA Labs

A fun and unique event, the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta has quickly become a community favorite growing in size each year – from just 20 boats at our inaugural event to over 50 expected this year. The Regatta brings together residents, businesses, and visitors from across the Greater Washington, DC metro area. In this festive environment, Lake Anne Plaza swells with thousands of spectators who come out to cheer on their favorite boats.

In addition to fostering community spirit and creating a high-energy event for adults and families alike, all proceeds from the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta support the Reston Museum a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the past, informing the present, and influencing the future of Reston through its educational programming, archives, and exhibitions.

Come to the plaza early to view the boats before they hit the water. Races will start early afternoon.

Learn more about the Lake Anne Carboard Boat Regatta:
Teams compete for prizes and pride in their boats made from carboard and duct tape.Charlotte Geary

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