Saturday was overcast with a gentle wind that made the day pleasant for competitors and beachgoers alike. For the 32nd running of the World’s Championship Cardboard Boat Races, it couldn’t have been better. Boaters came from as far away as Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in Boat Wars.
Some competitors had been here before while others were competing for the first time. One group of young ladies from Crestwood STEAM academy made the CBBR their summer science project. It paid off for them with a 2nd place finish in the Youth Team division and the awarding of the Titanic plaque for the best sinking.
The Brantley family from England came again this year and went home with two first place finishes in Youth One and Two Person Division and the Youth Team Division, and a second place finish in Youth One and Two Person. The Brantleys have competed in the CBBR before and they start them out early, even the littlest competed with her older siblings.
This year the winners were as follows:
Youth 1 or 2 person 1st place went to Caroline and Virginia on the SS Brantley (#102), of England.
2nd place was #104 the SS England captained by Ruth and Catherine Riley of England.
3rd place was #103 the Jon Boat Destroyer captained by Emmie and Bryton Sanders of Black Oak, Arkansas.
Youth Team: 1st place was #201 the SS Brantley II captained by Catherine and Ruth Riley
2nd place went to the Crestwood STEAM Academy in #202
Adult 1 or 2 person 1st place went to the Star Destroyer #734 (#406) sponsored by the Cleburne County Republican Women’s Committee and captained by Christopher Malone.
2nd place the SS ASU (#401) captained by Hannah Haile and Nick Arnold.
3rd place was The Gator (Glass Doctor) boat #410 captained by Spencer and Alexandra Beavers
Adult Team 1st place went to #506 The Lake Destroyer captained by Dennis and Darcy of North Little Rock who were part of the HISCO/Falcon Jet team who have been participating for 15 years in the CBBR.
2nd place went to #505 Yoda in a Boata captained by Garry, Dustin and Larry also part of the HISCO/Falcon Jet group.
3rd place went to the Airmen and Family Readiness Speeders from Jacksonville Air Force Base.
The Titanic Award went to Crestwood STEAM Academy for the best sinking. Heber Springs own Angie Collins and Tracy Davis won the Captain’s Award for the most team spirit in their X-wind Fighter. Those two also competed last year. The Grand Finale Free for All was won by the Jacksonville Air Force Base team Airmen and Family Readiness Speeders. The Pride of the Fleet Award was given to #502 Green Bay Packing with their AT AT, who came from Oklahoma and Arkansas to compete.
Thanks to the sponsors XTO Energy, KFFB 106.1, Red River Dodge, Bad Boy Mowers, the City of Heber Springs, Sonic, Seven Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation and all the volunteers without who the event wouldn’t happen.