CFCC boat builders take first place in annual boat building challenge

May 4th, 2015 by admin

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Building a boat is a task that often takes months to complete, but this past weekend, a team representing Cape Fear Community College finished the job in just a few hours and brought home a trophy to prove it.

On Saturday, May 2, local boat builders participated in the 8th Annual Beaufort Boat Building Challenge at the Beaufort Boat Show. The objective of the challenge is to build a two person wooden rowboat in the fastest amount of time and then paddle it (without sinking) across the waterway.

Competitors are judged in three categories: Building time, boat quality and rowing time.

CFCC is pleased to announce that Chris Sargent, a current CFCC boat building student, and Ben Hess, a recent boat building program graduate, earned first place overall for the first time in college history. They were ranked 1st in quality of work, 2nd in time of construction and 1st in rowing the course. CFCC’s boat was finished in 3 hours and 36 minutes.

Fourteen teams from across the region (and two teams from Virginia and Australia) took part in the competition.

For more details, visit: http://beaufortchallenge.com/.