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Cardboard boat race draws a big fleet

Nearly four dozen vessels took to the water Saturday in the Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, the annual event serves as a fundraiser for the mix of community projects that the club oversees. There were 45 boats entered this year, about double the size of the 2010 event.

Frank Kerr, captain of the "Beach Party Barge," said it was his first year participating.

"It just seemed like it would be a fun event," he said. "It's been thoroughly enjoyable."

The group used instructions provided by the Rotary Club on how to build a cardboard boat and spent about 12 hours constructing theirs. Choosing a theme was a lot easier.

"After a number of beers, it seemed like a good idea," Kerr laughed.

Click here for a list of the winners.

Click here for the full report with photos from the event.