2019 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta event was amazing!

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum’s Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta brought the Reston community together for the third time! 56 teams ended up racing with creative, unique and daring designs for their cardboard boats. Designs included a swan boat, gigantic wheel, Slinky from Toy Story, a dolphin, and so much more!

These brightly colored duct taped and painted boats raced on Lake Anne in heats of two. Lake Anne Plaza was packed with spectators throughout the day. In addition to watching the race, spectators could purchase a custom t-shirt printed by Studio One, run on a life-size human hamster wheel to make a snow cone and make a miniature cardboard boat at the Hunters Woods Preschool Tent. New this year, fans could interact with the race by squirting the racers with super soakers!

Andy Sigle this year’s emcee, cheered on the teams and provided lively race commentary. Yoga acrobats on paddle boards entertained the crowd during intermission! The entire day was a whirlwind of fun and excitement that could be heard throughout the Lake Anne community.

This event was made by possible with the support of over 40 sponsors. Presenting sponsor this year was Griffin Owens Insurance Group. Teams were comprised of local nonprofits and businesses, children and families. Five Fairfax County Public Schools also participated with principals acing against each other.

A huge thank you to Nordic Knot, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern and Whimpop for providing grab and go food for the event.

Pre-registrations for next year were filled during the event. Registration will open to the public in early 2020. The Reston Historic Trust & Museum and the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta committee consisting of members of the community have already started planning next year’s race!

Lake Anne Brew House won first place in the navigator category and had the fastest time at 1 minute 45 seconds! The Titanic Award went to Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar.

First, second, and third place winners in the three categories listed below:


  1. Marty Boys
  2. Ehrlich
  3. Eight-Fifty Nine


  1. Yellow Submarine
  2. Swim team kids
  3. The Wild Sloth


  1. Lake Anne Brew House
  2. RHOA’s Ark
  3. Hunters Woods Elementary
Share this Post!

Related post