The Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race returns to the Peconic River: photos

Hundreds  gathered Sunday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

Due to the threat of rain the event was rescheduled from August 11.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District.

See photos from photographer Elizabeth Wagner below:

The Hammock Boat in Race 2. Winners of Best Constructed.
Youth Regatta Race 2.
Wayne’s World wows the crowd. Mark Sisson of Mattituck, Chris Paparo of Calverton, Candy Paparo of Calverton, Nora Catlin of Riverhead, and Chris McHugh of Riverhead.
9. Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith beat Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in the Supervisor’s Cup Race. Jens-Smith’s boat was created by volunteers of Brookhaven National Lab.
Race 3: Coming In Hot placed 1st, Wayne’s World placed 2nd.
The Riverhead Rowing Gnomes: Ginger Anderson of Riverhead, Darryl Schunk of Westhampton, and Bill Riley of Pawling, NY.
Avengers Assemble (Sean Callahan, Pete Walsh, and Jake Walsh of Bohemia and Sayville) winning 1st place in Race 2.
Scenes from Race 2.
A Valliant Effort sinks in Race 3.
Crew of Wayne’s World: Mark Sisson of Mattituck, Amanda Lovett of Flanders, Nora Catlin of Riverhead, Chris McHugh of Riverhead, and Chris Paparo of Calverton.
The USA team, winners of 2nd in Youth Regatta and Commanders Choice awards: Cole Farruggia, Chance Farruggia, Jemma Farruggia, and Eddie Farruggia, all of Riverhead.
Jay Graves of Bellport won 4 Long Island Aquarium tickets for his sportsmanship during the Outlaw Races. When Slime of the Ancient Mariner sank, he took a piece of the boat and swam the course to finish the race.
Crew of Seaya Lata: Manned by Steve Sieckowski of Port Jefferson and Tim Austin of Stony Brook in Outlaw Races, placing 3rd overall. Manned by Jackson Paplin of Mt. Siani, Rina Choi of Commack, Nico Sieckowski of Port Jeff, Ben Sieckowski of Port Jeff, George Austin of Stony Book, coming in first in Youth Regatta Race 1.
Children 12 and under participating in the Hula Hoop Contest.