On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, East Georgia State College held their Annual Bobcat Regatta as part of Family and Friends Fun Day. The Regatta featured ten boats from campus and community competing to cross the pond first—and without sinking!
Boats for the Regatta were constructed using only cardboard and duct tape—nothing else. Contestants pitted their engineering and boating skills against one another in pursuit of three separate prizes: Overall Winner, Most Creative, and the coveted Titanic Award for those who sank the most spectacularly.
This year’s Peter & Margie Shedd Overall Winner was the USS GA 1842 Trail Life – Walk Worthy, constructed by Hawhammock Baptist Church. The team took first place with solid construction and deft paddling, easily pulling ahead of competitors.
The Peter & Margie Shedd Most Creative Award went to The Incredibles, constructed by the EGSC Student Government Association. Though the boat flipped in the first heat and wasn’t able to go further in competition, the design and execution of the chosen theme was well-liked by the judges.
The Peter & Margie Shedd Titanic Award was presented to the Savage Bees, constructed by the EGSC STEMM Club. This ode to nature’s sweetest pollinator flipped early and in spectacular, but managed to make it across in the first heat thanks to the perseverance of its crew. It made it across the finish line in the final heat, but was unable to keep up with the USS GA 1842 Trail Life.
EGSC would like to thank Swainsboro Mayor Charles Schwabe, EGSC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Elizabeth Gilmer, EGSC 2017-18 Homecoming Queen Mykera Brown and EGSC Alumni Association President Matt Donaldson for agreeing to serve as our judges. Also, a big thanks to Nashua Tape Products for donating the duct tape used by our students in the construction of their boats!