COCHITI LAKE, N.M. -- The brilliant, golden sun rose in a perfect, blue sky over Tetilla Peak, Cochiti Lake, July 27, 2018. Out early, and ready to sail, were members and families of the New Mexico National Guard. The wait was over: the day of the Cardboard Regatta had arrived!
Held at Cochiti Lake for the last four years, this event tested the building and recycling skills of the 12 participating teams. Made only out of cardboard and duct tape, each boat was truly a unique creation.
With names like Aquaholics, ESS ESS Minnow, Thilly Girls, and DMA, the air could feel the anticipation and competitiveness.
The goal of the race: be the first to paddle your boat out to the island, raise your team flag, and paddle back to shore, with your boat still floating and functional. This was easier said than done.
Maj. Gen. Keith Nava, National Guard adjutant and commander, not only kicked off the race, but also participated as one of the judges.
“The Army National Guard in Arlington, Virginia, provides the yearly funding for the New Mexico National Guard, both for the Cardboard Regatta and Earth Day,” said Chris Frizsche, environmental specialist for the National Guard.
“This is a terrific day to get out and enjoy family time friendship,” said Maj. Gen. Nava. “Get out and have some fun.”
With winning categories including fastest boat, Titanic (most dramatic) sinking, best environmental disaster, and dead last, most walked away with some type of prize.
“We are looking forward to next year’s Regatta, here, again, at Cochiti Lake,” said Frizsche. “It is never too soon to start planning.”