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Dominic Valentino, a fourth-grader at Tara, and his dad, Anthony, proved most seaworthy and won the overall competition.

Cardboard boats pack educational punch at Lakewood Ranch YMCA

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Dominic Valentino, a fourth-grader at Tara, and his dad, Anthony, proved most seaworthy and won the overall competition.

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Greta Vanderweerdt, a third-grader at Gullett, doesn't seem too sad her boat sank as she swims in front of her dad, Adam.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Greta Vanderweerdt, a third-grader at Gullett, doesn't seem too sad her boat sank as she swims in front of her dad, Adam.

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Tyler Harding, a fourth-grader at Tara, speeds toward the finish with his mom, Asia Roth.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tyler Harding, a fourth-grader at Tara, speeds toward the finish with his mom, Asia Roth.

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Samantha Strohbach, a fourth-grader at Gullett, and her dad, Arthur, try to get their boat straightened out.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Samantha Strohbach, a fourth-grader at Gullett, and her dad, Arthur, try to get their boat straightened out.

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Greta Vanderweerdt, a third-grader at Gullett, sinks with her cardboard boat.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Greta Vanderweerdt, a third-grader at Gullett, sinks with her cardboard boat.

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Todd Richardson, the B.D. Gullett Elementary principal, churns toward home during the principal's race.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Todd Richardson, the B.D. Gullett Elementary principal, churns toward home during the principal's race.

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Caden Campbell, a fourth-grader at Tara Elementary, races forward with the help of his teacher, Christa Rogalla.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Caden Campbell, a fourth-grader at Tara Elementary, races forward with the help of his teacher, Christa Rogalla.

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Tara fifth-grader Mason Engelsberg and his dad, Peter, try to keep their cardboard boat from sinking.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tara fifth-grader Mason Engelsberg and his dad, Peter, try to keep their cardboard boat from sinking.

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Tara Principal Laura Campbell sinks as Gullett Principal Todd Richardson pulls away in the principal's race.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tara Principal Laura Campbell sinks as Gullett Principal Todd Richardson pulls away in the principal's race.

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Dawn Kehres, and her son Oakley, a third-grader at Gullett, zoom toward the finish.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Dawn Kehres, and her son Oakley, a third-grader at Gullett, zoom toward the finish.

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Tara Principal Laura Campbell's boat might have sank, but Gullett Principal Todd Richardson helped her carry it out of the water.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tara Principal Laura Campbell's boat might have sank, but Gullett Principal Todd Richardson helped her carry it out of the water.

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Samantha Strohbach, a fourth-grader at Gullett, and her dad, Arthur, head for the finish.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Samantha Strohbach, a fourth-grader at Gullett, and her dad, Arthur, head for the finish.

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Kiki Schooley, a fifth-grader at Tara, tries to keep her colorful boat headed forward with help from her dad, Mike.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Kiki Schooley, a fifth-grader at Tara, tries to keep her colorful boat headed forward with help from her dad, Mike.

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Tara Principal Laura Campbell goes down with her ship.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tara Principal Laura Campbell goes down with her ship.

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Gullett Principal Todd Richardson goes full-speed ahead.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Gullett Principal Todd Richardson goes full-speed ahead.

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Anthony Williams and his son, Dominic, collect their first-place award. Dominic is a fourth-grader at Tara.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Anthony Williams and his son, Dominic, collect their first-place award. Dominic is a fourth-grader at Tara.

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Tara Principal Laura Campbell gets sideways early in the race.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Tara Principal Laura Campbell gets sideways early in the race.

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Gullett Principal Todd Richardson celebrates the victory.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Gullett Principal Todd Richardson celebrates the victory.

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Mya Williams, a third-grader at Tara, tries to stop sinking with help from her mom, Janet.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Mya Williams, a third-grader at Tara, tries to stop sinking with help from her mom, Janet.

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Richard Pena and his son, Aurelius, a fourth-grader at Tara, struggle with their boat, that Richard felt was too wide.

Sunday, Jun. 3, 2018 |

Richard Pena and his son, Aurelius, a fourth-grader at Tara, struggle with their boat, that Richard felt was too wide.

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