Posted on: August 8, 2017

Southampton Town Triumphs over Riverhead in Annual Cardboard Boat Race

2017 Boat Race

PRESS RELEASE                                                      
AUGUST 7, 2017
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway                         


The Peconic River divides the Town of Southampton from the Town of Riverhead.  Each year the Supervisor’s of the two Towns compete in a cardboard boat race on the river. The race was held on Sunday at noon as Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman competed against Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter. 

The boats were made of cardboard, glue and duct tape.  Supervisor Walter’s boat was constructed by the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead.  Supervisor Schneiderman built his own cardboard boat.  With hundreds of spectators looking on, the two men competed for a large trophy encased in a glass box.

Supervisor Walter took an early lead but Supervisor Schneiderman caught up by the mid-way turnaround and maintained a commanding lead through the finish line. 

Mr. Walter was gracious in defeat and vowed to return next year with a boat of his own design and construction.  The event, despite the friendly competition between the two Supervisors, was a great display of the two communities celebrating as one.

The Supervisor’s Cup and the boat, are now on display in the lobby of Town Hall.    

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