The Moat Boat Paddle Battle at Maker Faire Bay Area was a huge success, thanks to the hard work, prep and testing of Ocean State Maker Mill members, pre-show articles and at-show prep from Make:, awesome sponsorship and generous donations from SeeMeCNC, and the help of several amazing friends to photograph, maintain crowd control and keep the racing troughs in tip top shape!
With two divisions – Youth and Open Class – and 26 total racer entries, competition was fast and furious! Youth Class first prize winners with their paddleboat “Booooat” went home with a SeeMeCNC Orion 3D printer, while the winner of the Open Class with boat “Zippercraft” went home with a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max kit.
Be sure to check out our Facebook photo album for more action shots, and stay tuned for further announcements as we work to roll the Moat Boat Paddle Battle to future Maker Faires! The Moat Boat Paddle Battle was lucky enough to receive TWO Editor’s Choice Awards from Make – onward and upward from here!
Huge thanks to friends of Ocean State Maker Mill: Kacie Hultgren, Matt Griffin, HackPittsburgh’s Chris Yohe, and Tom and Holly Burtonwood – all key players in helping Matt & Mandy Stultz of Ocean State Maker Mill keep the race crowds in check at the faire!