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Homemade boats set sail in Morris pool

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    Bob the boat, helmed by Teddy, came in second in the race by one second. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    Emmett King (left) and Eileen O’Connor (right) put some last-minute decorations on their Unsinkable 2 as they wait for the race to begin.
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    Lifeguard Kirsten Gonzales (left) helps Mary Ella Meuth (right) into her own duct-taped boat.
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    Lifeguard Kirsten Gonzales (left) guides Gigi (right) through the pool in her small boat after the main race.
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    Emmett King makes his way across the pool in the Unsinkable 2.
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    William Meuth, who won the race, stepped in as the “captain” of the Titanic; the designer, Braden Meuth, was unable to pilot the boat in Saturday’s race.

On Saturday, the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department hosted a cardboard boat race, where competing teams built their own boats made of cardboard to be driven in Morris Memorial Pool. The Titanic, helmed by William Meuth and built by Braden Meuth, defied the history of its namesake and stayed afloat long enough to win the race at 34 seconds. However, Bob, a boat piloted by Teddy, was right behind, coming in second place by only one second.