Cardboard Boat Regatta a hit with the crowds in New Richmond

Using a little cardboard and duct tape and a lot of paint, participants in the 18th International Cardboard Boat Regatta had relatively smooth sailing Saturday.

The annual event drew a crowd of around 5,000 to New Richmond as they lined Front Street and meandered through the River Days Festival.

A total of 50 entries entered the water to compete, tying last year’s record. The race maintained its international status with “Rooty Tooty Aim and Shooty” captain Ian Lehn piloting his father Rick Lehn’s Lehn Painting boat.