Regina’s Plywood Cup (boat race)

Canada Day is July 1 and is the celebration of the founding of Canada as a separate country.

In Regina, people love to come to Wascana Park to pass the day with music, various community events, and fireworks.

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One event that is fun to watch is what we call the “Plywood Cup” boat race.

It is totally unique in Canada and is a lot of fun for both participants and onlookers.

RegC2IMGP7960sh_res300Normally, about 20 teams of four members each will use the supplied materials to construct a small boat of their own design, then try to paddle it across our small lake.

RegC3IMGP7978s_res300If the boat is relatively “sea-worthy,” it may surive the attempt. The winner is the team that can managed to paddle the boat most quickly and successfully in both directions.

RegC4IMGP8078sh_res300However, some boats sink in the process… so paddlers are required to wear life-saving vests.

RegC5IMGP8109see_res300Each team will normally represent a business or a community organization. There is a fee to enter the race, and onlookers are encouraged to buy tickets and vote for their favorite team. The money raised in this way goes to some charity cause.

RegC6IMGP8124cshp_res300A full set of photos of this event is included in my online photo albums.

Be sure to browse both of these photo albums:
Building the Boats
Racing the Boats

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