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It was a beautiful day to celebrate our Independence! SEAS (Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan) had a great day hosting SEAS Water Sports with Sprecher Restaurant & Pub as the sponsor and partnering with EOS Surf Shop. There were eight pre-built boats and 13 drifter kits built this year. The riverfront was lined with people to watch the creative designs paddle to the finish, some making it and some not. The Drifter Division was a spectacular sight with some innovative designs this year making an astonishing appearance through three races to finish in the finals. A huge Thank You to all the volunteers who helped to make this event happen. Congratulations to all the award winners this year who received certificates and gift cards from Sprecher Restaurant and Pub!
Best Time: Missile Award
- Canoe Style Boat – Sea Scouts Old Glory (crew: Charlie Waituus & Cale Carlson)
- Box Style Boat– Badger State Restoration SS Badger (crew: captain Curtis Voight, Ashley Heinen, Jennifer List & Jill Klos)
Best in Show: The Admiral Award (Best exemplifies theme)
- Tanks for Serving: Jessica Ambelang captain (crew: Claire Slattery, Adeline Slattery, Thaddeus Slattery & Antonia Slattery)
Best almost sinking: Poseidon Adventure Award – Finished race with boat upside down
- SS Marcus: Becky Prestley captain, Marcus Theaters (Crew: Molly Mata, Stephen Nelson & Max Meyers
Most Recycled materials: Blue Bag Award - 70% of boat made from recycled materials
- Loose Cannon: Mike Altman captain (crew: Eric Altman, Rachel Altman, Brent Perronne, Russ Munroe & Michelle Walters)
- Jerry Kramer Offensive line Award for Best Block with a boat: SS Badger, Badger State Restoration (crew: captain Curtis Voight, Ashley Heinen, Jennifer List & Jill Klos)
- Grande Fromage: The SS Cheese Head (Crew: Charlie Kuehnau, Matt Pradarelli & Josh Pradarelli)
DRIFTER DIVISION – boats built on site with a kit
Best Time: Torpedo Award – Horvat & Sons; Benjamin Horvat & Christopher Horvat
Best sinking: Submarine Award – Chance 2 Dance; Susan Alby & Lisa Brotz
Most Innovative Design Award – The Submarine; Cohen Otte, Brett Steenwyk & Griffin Otte
- Consolation: Super Cow (crew: Nancy Morris, Cal Morris & Jack Morris)
We look forward to the event next year – Mark your calendars to build your boat!
SEAS you on the waterfront!
If you’ve been in Sheboygan for the 4th of July, there is a good chance you’ve seen the cardboard boat races on the Riverfront. You've seen the fabulous sinkings, the amazing designs, and those that have built boats on site with kits. This year, SEAS will be hosting this event and we want you to participate! How, you ask?
There are many ways to choose from:
- Build a boat to race prior to the 4th of July
- Build a boat at the event
- Gather 3 friends and enter the Paddleboard Relay Race (paddleboard provided)
- Volunteer for the event – fill out Volunteer Survey
- Come and watch all the fun at Rotary Riverview Park at noon
This event is a 4th of July tradition. Thank you to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for hosting the event the past 30 years.
The event will be renamed as SEAS Water Sports and will continue to have the boat races with the addition of paddleboard races. The boat building requirements will be slightly changed to incorporate more recycled materials, cardboard being a primary material. SEAS will also be partnering with Mike Miller, owner of EOS, to conduct the paddleboard races. Register to participate for building a cardboard boat prior to the event, building at the event or the paddleboard races at www.seasheboygan.org/watersports.
On November 7th, SEAS and the Sheboygan Yacht Club hosted the first annual Pickle Night Dinner.
The event, which commemorates Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar and the HMS Pickle’s delivery of the news, was celebrated this year shortly after the 240th anniversary of the battle.
The Pickle Night Dinner is popular at yacht clubs around the country and SEAS was proud to help host the first one in the area. The evening opened with a cocktail hour and a mad-lib style activity that helped prime guests on the history of the HMS Pickle and the Battle of Trafalgar.
Following dinner, Program Director Matt Weirzbach gave an engaging presentation that expanded upon what guests had already learned.
With a terrific turnout from the yacht club and the community, the first annual Pickle Night Dinner was a great success! SEAS looks forward to next year’s dinner and all of the upcoming educational social events.
For more information on upcoming events please visit SEASheboygan.org/
Meghan Welsh contributed to this article.
Belmont Station Chicago Yacht Club- We have arrived at Belmont Station and have registered this morning. The staff and volunteers have been great and we snuck a short interview in on one of the Sonars with RedEye Chicago before the storms rolled in. Right now we are waiting to see if the storm passes through early enough for us to get some practice on the Tom 28s. If not we still have a practice day tomorrow and the forecast is looking nice.
Rumor has it they are releasing the boats in 10 minutes, we may get out today yet! Matt Wierzbach, Tactician
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