Paddling around in a canoe on a pond on their property, Taylor and Faith Wilson of Hastings enjoy being on the water as much as they can.
That familiarity with watercraft and each other proved fruitful as they piloted the “Sailing Sisters” to win the 2019 Kool-Aid Days Cup Sunday at the Tom Dinsdale Kardboard Boat Races at Lake Hastings.
Taylor and Faith paddled in sync as they rounded two buoys in the course around a cove in the lake. Their first outing was completed in two minutes and three seconds.
Being the fastest overall competitors in the race was a marked improvement over the sisters’ attempt last year. This year, they decided to build a more aerodynamic boat and that helped their times.
“It felt way better this year,” Taylor said. “It took us over five minutes last year.”
The boat race was the first try for many competitors this year.
Greg and Chelsea Mol of Hastings built “Jamaican Me a Winner” and won the contest for best theme. But the boat didn’t sail very well due to its high sides and boxy design. It stayed upright through the voyage but it took several minutes to complete. They think they might go with a more aerodynamic design in the future.
After watching last year, they decided to make their own boat this year.
“We saw it last year and thought we wanted to compete,” Greg said.
Jason Buss of Central City and his children, Julia and Miles, said they used several layers of cardboard and rolls of duct tape to cover their boat.
Jason said he competed once before in 2011, and was excited to be able to have his children on board this time around.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Julia said.
Freshmen Sydney Holmes of Grand Island and Avery McKennan of Fort Calhoun built their boat, “S.S. Don’t Worry,” as part of team building exercises during an honors program at Hastings College.
“We thought it was a great way to get to know each other,” Holmes said.
For Jared Mack, 9, of Grand Island, it was a last-minute decision to compete.
His uncle from Maryland was visiting and they decided to give it a try.
“It sounded fun,” Jared said. “We did it all in one day.”
Kardboard Boat Race winners
1. Kool-Aid Kicker
2. Charlie’s Angels
1. Crimson Guard
1. Yellow Submarine featuring Pirates
2. Sir Floats a Lot
1. Sailing Sisters
2. S.S. Don’t Worry
3. Oh Yeah
Best Kool-Aid Days Theme
Jamaican Me a Winner
Most Spectacular Sinking
Kool-Aid Cup 2019