On June 9th the third paper- and boardboat regatta took place at Varel's habour. 41 teams competed against each other to win the "unofficial German championship in paperboat double rowing". Thus it is probably the only regatta of its kind, it might also be appropriate to call it "Paperboat World Championship".
Trainees from various companies and pupils from nearly every vocational school in the surrounding area built their boats from JadeBoard Duo cardboard, sponsored by Varel paper mill. Apart from adhesive tape and paint, cardboard was the only approved building material.
At the 2015 and 2016 championship, most boats were build accoding the construction plans of paper boat inventor Uwe Brennecke. But this year more individually desiged boats could be seen. Speed has not been the only construction criteria, but also design was an important aspect of many boats to increase the chance to get the „Special Design Award". Two out of three boats from Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel team choose „Super Mario" as their main design approach. At least on shore most boats looked very speedy. The „Special Design Award" has been won by Varel Highschool for their „Brisky Seal" model!
The title „Inofficial German Champion" and the corresponding trophy from the artist Diedel Klöver was received by team „Lemon Squezy" from Deharde company. The odds-on favourite boat „JadeBoard" captized in an dramatic situation by a third parties fault. Nevertheless the PKV-team finished their passage very bravely, but could not catch up their backlog.
The idea of the organizers, to make social cohesion between students, trainees and companies more intense, was great success for all. The Paperboat Regatta is a good opportunity for companies to present themselves towards potential trainees and other interested people. The joyful event at the habour is also a contribution to make our region more attractive. It is great pleasure to see, how young people act with such ethusiasm. „We are proud, as one of the main sponsors, to support this event!", commented associate Kristian Evers, whose company took over most of the expenses for building material and the event itself.