Twenty-three teams turned out for the annual Cardboard Boat Race, held Saturday at Training Area 250 by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, but only one team claimed the fastest time.
“God’s Swear Word,” built by Justin Pabis and Kevin Meade, representing the 169th Engineer Battalion command team, took home the Torpedo Award in the Adult Division by finishing the race in 2 minutes, 3 seconds.
“We knew the competition would be tough, and of course we had to set the standard for the battalion and beat all the other battalion command teams,” Pabis said. “We designed the boat by figuring out how much buoyancy we needed and then built those dimensions around us.”
“As far as strategy, we knew we had to go fast. That’s why we painted ‘Go Faster’ on our boat,” Meade said.
Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, presented awards Saturday.
Other winners in the Adult Division included:
— The High Seas Award for “most spirited team” went to the Company B, 169th Engr. Bn. team The Yankees.
— The Admiral’s Pride Award for “most creative design” went to Team Harper.
— The Titanic Award for “most outstanding sinking” went to Hope Floats.
Winners in the Family Division, which included teams with adults and children, included:
— The High Seas Award went to the Cauler Crew.
— The Admiral’s Award went to Team Moana.
— The Torpedo Award went to Aubrie’s Argonauts, which finished in 3 minutes, 20 seconds.
— The Titanic Award went to the Louis Smith Family’s Lightning McQueen.