Other World Computing to Sail in Crystal Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta June 24

Crew of intrepid sailors will find their inner pirate at world-renowned sailing event

Jun 20, 2006 | Woodstock, IL


Low-cost, premier national Internet Service Provider (ISP) and parent company Other World Computing (OWC) the industry's leading technology solutions provider, will sail the "S.S." in the 22nd annual running of the America's Cardboard Cup Regatta, being held Saturday, June 24, in Crystal Lake, Ill.

The Regatta is a world-renowned event among boating aficionados. Entrants have traveled from as far as New Zealand, Germany, and Australia to participate in prior years.

The event pits would-be sailors against the sea, or at least against the shallow waters of Crystal Lake's Main Beach Park, as the challenge of keeping a paper boat and crew afloat entertains thousands of spectators and raises funds for local charities and social service agencies. Other World Computing and are recognized for work with a number of local and national charitable causes.

OWC Logistics Manager Larry O'Connor Sr. and OWC Warehouse Manager Phil Olson headed up the boat-building crew. The vessel incorporates computer design elements reflective of's status as the highest quality national ISP at less than half the price of other national Internet providers.

Olson describes the S.S. as a "Jon boat" style - meaning a rowboat-type design, but with a wider bottom and shallower sides for maximum water displacement in shallow waters. It will be powered by rowboat paddles and kept afloat by an application of event-sanctioned cardboard sealant and a lot of positive thinking.

In what will probably be both its maiden voyage and farewell journey, the S.S. and its fearless crew will participate in a 200-yard boat race and also be eligible for prizes awarded in the following categories:

  • Geezer Cup - for competitors 50 years old and up
  • Most Spectacular Sinking
  • Most Enthusiastic Crew - both on the boat and sailing and land-based supporters
  • Stars & Stripes - the boat with the most patriotic theme
  • Most Creative Theme - the boat that most creatively expresses a theme
  • Most Attractive
  • Ugliest Boat

When Olson was asked if the craft was built for speed or built for looks, he enthusiastically answered, "Both." As for what his race-day strategy and advice to the crew will be, Olson answered, "Go like heck."

Proceeds from the fund-raising afternoon will go to some very worthwhile McHenry County agencies, including the McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic, Children's Oncology, McHenry County PADS, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pioneer Center , McHenry County Hospice, Community Action, Home of the Sparrow, Peace 4 All, and McHenry County Child Advocacy.

For more information about the event, visit provides Internet access at a fraction of the price of other national Internet services, with prices starting below $6.00 a month. Visit, email, or call toll free (800) 869-9152.


About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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