CFCC team takes top awards in boat building challenge

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CFCC's two-man team of Chris Sargent and Ben Hess earned two first place and one second place award for their wooden vessel at the Beaufort Boat Building Challenge. Photo courtesy CFCC.
CFCC’s two-man team of Chris Sargent and Ben Hess earned two first-place and one-second place awards for their wooden vessel at the Beaufort Boat Building Challenge. Photo courtesy CFCC.

Two Cape Fear Community College students brought home a trophy–and bragging rights–from the recent Beaufort Boat Building Challenge.

Chris Sargent and Ben Hess, who recently graduated from CFCC’s boat building program, constructed the soundest vessel in the shortest amount of time at the eighth annual competition, held May 2 as part of the Beaufort Boat Show.

The objective of the challenge is to build a two-person wooden rowboat quickly and then paddle it, without sinking, across the waterway. Competitors are judged on building and rowing time, as well as the overall quality of the watercraft.

In a first for CFCC, the college’s team earned two first place awards, for quality of work and rowing the course. They also received second place for construction time, completing their boat in three hours and 36 minutes.
Fourteen teams from across the region–and two teams from Virginia and Australia–took part in the competition.