Cindy Mitrovic, left, and Madi Busby of the Franklin Robotics Team paddle Big Daddy Pizza to the victory on Saturday. The girls’ boat, sponsored by Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, came in first at the annual Robo-Regatta on Saturday at Barrett’s Landing in downtown Franklin. -- FRANK DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS
Cindy Mitrovic, left, and Madi Busby of the Franklin Robotics Team paddle Big Daddy Pizza to the victory on Saturday. The girls’ boat, sponsored by Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, came in first at the annual Robo-Regatta on Saturday at Barrett’s Landing in downtown Franklin. -- FRANK DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Big Daddy’s Pizza takes first in regatta

Published 11:09am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By CARLIE CLARK/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Clc26208@email.vccs.edu

Dan Preston and Lizzie Connor of Blackwater Bessie pull away from The Boat of Many Colors, which is manned by Davis Moore and Wesleigh Kimlick. Bessie came in first, and the latter in fourth during the annual Robo-Regatta on Saturday at Barrett's Landing. -- FRANK DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS
Dan Preston and Lizzie Connor of Blackwater Bessie pull away from The Boat of Many Colors, which is manned by Davis Moore and Wesleigh Kimlick. Bessie came in first, and the latter in fourth during the annual Robo-Regatta on Saturday at Barrett’s Landing. — FRANK DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—Big Daddy’s Pizza, piloted by Cindy Mitrovic and Madi Busby, came in first place for the Third Annual Franklin Cardboard Robo-Regatta on Saturday. The crew, which was sponsored by Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, belongs to the Franklin Robotics team, which hosts the event at Barrett’s Landing.

In second place was Blackwater Bessie with Lizzie Connor and Dan Preston at the oars. This boat was partly sponsored by the robotics team and WLQM. In third place were Alex and Dean Russell, a father-and-son team, with their boat, The Captain’s Chest. Coming in fourth place was The Boat of Many Colors, made by Franklin Baptist Church, with Davis Moore and Wesleigh Kimlick.

The Titanic Award, which goes for boats that sink or capsize, went to The Boat of Many Colors. The Spirit Award went to Blackwater Bessie.

The event is open to individuals, schools, youth groups and nearly anyone willing to build a board. Those who participate must pay $20 per crew member, and there must be at least two people operating each craft.

“We also sell Boy Scout-like sailboats and LED light bulbs” said Robotics coach Liz Burgess. All the funds raised from the event go to support the Franklin Robotics team.

The boats can only be made from cardboard, caulking and duct tape, and must be able to withstand up to four trips in the water. Every boat must sail at least one timed trial in order to decide who will be going up against one another. A group may opt out of doing a time trial and will automatically be placed in fourth. If a group chooses to do this, they must race against the fastest group. After the times are recorded, the third- and fourth-place teams will race to decide who gets third, and then finally the first- and second-place teams will race to determine the winner of it all.

“Next year we hope to have more participants and a bit more competition,” said Burgess.

  • spdrewry

    I saw the first two Typhoon, and you are right.

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  • Typhoon

    What a great event for the City of Franklin and the Robotic team I have missed the event the last 2 years but hope to be there for next years event. What a shame the City, Down Town association And Chamber were more involved as this would be great publicity for the area and would draw large crowds from the surrounding area.

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