At the Door County Maritime Museum’s 28th Annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on August 11 and 12 in Sturgeon Bay, Mark Lockman of Green Bay, WI, received the People’s Choice Boat of the Year Award for his 2018 21-foot Mark Lockman Sailing Dory. John and Sandy Seaman of Sheboygan Falls, WI, received the Skippers’ Choice Best of Show Award for their 1895 16-foot Warren Cole Adirondack Guide Boat.

The other Skippers’ Choice 2018 Awards were given to:

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Classic Inboard: Boomer 1947 17’ Chris Craft Runabout- Mike Dovichi, Algoma, WI

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Classic Outboard: 1956 13’ Thompson Sea Skiff- Bob and Lois Snyder, Green Bay, WI

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Sailboat: Splash 1935 24’ Burger Crocker Stonehorse- Kurt and Gloria Breuer

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Classic Fiberglass: Boat 1958 14’ Lone Star Meteor- Bill and Nancy Anderson, Hudson, IL

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Non-Powered: 1895 16’ Warren Cole Adirondack Guide Boat- John and Sandi Seaman, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Model Boat: No award this year

Skippers’ Choice 2018 – Unique Craft: Swan 1920 18’ US Lighthouse Establishment Launch- James Harmon Sr., Mahtomedi, MN

With blue skies and warm breezes, many people visited the festival for Saturday morning’s SikaFlex Challenge boat building competition and Sunday afternoon’s Sikaflex Challenge in-water time trials. On Saturday, the team of Patrick Smola and Carley Carniglia with their vessel, Door County Fish Boil completed the fastest build at one hour and thirty minutes. Completing their vessel next were the Zachariasen brothers, George and Neil, with the SOS. Each of the 8 competing teams were given a limited amount of lumber, zip ties and Sikaflex sealant to build a boat within four hours.

On Sunday afternoon Todd Rexine and Jeremy Gauger in I Am Batman, the boat that was voted the People’s Choice Winner for favorite theme, sped through the course in a blazing 1 minute and 31 seconds! Bruce Loberg and Doug McGee finished second in 1 minute and 55 seconds, paddling in unison in their KISS craft. The Zachariasen brothers came in third by just a hair. After all of the points were carefully tallied, the overall winners were Todd Rexine and Jeremy Gauger with 47 points; second place went to the Zachariasen brothers with 45 points, and third place to Bruce Loberg and Doug McGee trailing behind with a not-too-shabby 43 points.


Thank you to all who competed in the Sikaflex Challenge this year:

Connel Smola & Nenad Galijasevic – Dank Frank

USCG Marine Safety Detachment – Mayday

Bruce Loberg & Doug McGee – KISS

Brittany Hunt & Arie Hunt – SPF 500

Todd Rexine & Jeremy Gauger – I Am Batman

Sarah & Dennis Meyer – My Little Pony

George & Neil Zachariasen – SOS

Patrick Smola & Carley Carniglia – Door County Fish Boil

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s event and for the many volunteers who made this event possible. A special thanks goes out to the planning committee, to Bill Freyman for heading up the classic and wooden boat section of the festival and to Jon Gast for coordinating and emceeing the SikaFlex Challenge!