The Scottish Hills Cardboard Boat Regatta just keeps getting better!  During the 2nd Annual event this July 3rd, 30 cardboard boats attempted to cross the pool as quickly as possible without sinking while spectators laughed, cheered and enjoyed Food Truck refreshments.

While they all looked fabulous on land, the majority of the creations did not make the voyage successfully…but that’s part of the fun and presumably why the event begins with awards for the best-looking vessels. What’s better than watching the boats race is seeing the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into them — these entries were impressive!

I was thrilled with the idea of a regatta from the time the first sign was posted, and it hasn’t disappointed. It’s a wonderfully fun evening – a perfect Scottish Hills event.  The race is open to all – kids and adults – and while it’s an enjoyable family activity to build a boat together, it’s also interesting to see what your kids will design on their own…. and if you can do better….


The 2017 Scottish Hills Cardboard Boat Regatta Winners by category were —


18+:   Jason B. – SS North Carolina

11-17:   Natalie A. – The Zippy Panda Plane

10 & Under:   Avery L. – The Tiger


Congratulations to our 2017 winners, and a big thank you to the idea generator and action man Eric Hall, and his entire family for making it happen.  I can’t help but wonder how many hours and how much cardboard it takes the Hall Family to make the fabulous trophies and their own race entries, too.

I’m already looking forward to next year.  See you at the races!


When she’s not busy securing giant cardboard boxes for her kids’ boats, Michelle Dawson enjoys hanging out at the Scottish Hills pool and frequents Sea Lion swim meets.