The first time I covered the Riverhead Cardboard Boat race was in 2013. A crowd of more than 1,500 people wrapped around the Peconic Riverfront on a sunny, hot Sunday in June. In a shady spot, I came across Patrick White wearing a baseball hat with a handmade seagull fastened to it. He was down on one knee, working furiously with a magic marker as he put the finishing touches on his first cardboard boat, The Poop Deck.
The mighty Peconic River proved too much of a beast for a group of Scandinavian warriors searching for victory in Riverhead Sunday. Nearly a dozen men had to pull the remains of their sinking Viking vessel, Hammer of the Gods, from the water after it began to flounder. READ
The Sixth Annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race, which was scheduled to be held a week from Sunday, has been kicked back until the end of August in the wake of a massive fish kill in local waters. (more…)