A number of students came to take on the challenge of BYU Idaho’s first ever Boat Regatta. The process of preparing for such an event was unique for students compared to other previously done activities. Students had to prepare prior to coming to the main event by building their own ships using only two materials: cardboard and duct tape.
For most students, creating the ship wasn’t difficult; it just required getting the right materials.
“We got pipes from home depot and boxes,” said Steven Juker, a sophomore studying exercise physiology. “We framed it all, put cardboard boxes all around it, duck taped it everywhere to waterproof it, and called it good.”
Those who came to watch the event were impressed by the creativity of the students in preparing for this event.
“It was amazing. The creativity and what people were able to do creating their boats; it was a lot of fun. I think it was great,” stated Ward Hicks, a professor in the communications department.
Students came here not only to have fun but to win various prizes including: first, second, and third place, and also which ship sunk the most and which ship was the prettiest.
Despite the prizes and the adrenaline, others came to just have fun and enjoy the friendly surroundings.
“I really enjoyed the drum line being here,” stated Kelsey Hurst, a junior studying communications and a fellow manager of the event. “I think it added a nice pizzazz to the whole event. People were able to get down with the music and enjoy people racing at the same time.”
However, the real story comes from how this whole event came to be, after all this was the first of its kind…
“Well we are in an events management class and our professor asked us to produce an event,” states Anna Erkman, a senior studying communications and also a co-manager of the event. “And we spent actually a long time thinking about it because so many things have been done here on campus and we really wanted to do something original that’s never been done before. And so we thought of a few different options and then Kelsey said, (my partner) she said hey, what about a boat regatta, I do it in California all the time for stake activities. And we thought it was a great idea, learned its never been done and students were really excited about it. And we are hoping that they continue to do it.”
And indeed it was a success. From the creations, to the sounds of the drum line in the background, and to the racing of the ships, Boat Regatta became a memorable activity for all those who participated.
Reporting from the Hart, this is Andrew Parry, Scroll Digital.