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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The start of the 12 and under race Saturday, won by Goin’ Bananas.

Long Islanders gathered Saturday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the fourth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and hundreds of people lined the riverfront, enjoying a day of fun, food and friendly competition.

The race kicked off shortly after noon with the Supervisor’s Race, where Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter won against Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. (Check back for a complete list of the winners).

Other races included the Youth Regatta for ages 12 and under, the Riverhead Yacht Club Regatta for single occupants, the Peconic River Special for barges of pontoons and the Grand National Regatta or the “anything goes race.”

In addition to the prizes awarded to the fast paddlers, trophies were handed out for the most creative boat, best-costumed crew and even for best-themed boat.


Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Kaity Talmage of Riverhead and Faye Swett of Jamesport as mermaids in their Riverhead Library sponsored boat. The girls won best costume.