SLIDESHOW: The 2013 Great Steamboat Race! - WDRB 41 Louisville News

SLIDESHOW: The 2013 Great Steamboat Race!

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WDRB's Emily Mieure and photojournalist James Zorn speak with passengers about board the Belle of Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon for the 2013 Great Steamboat Race. WDRB's Emily Mieure and photojournalist James Zorn speak with passengers about board the Belle of Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon for the 2013 Great Steamboat Race.
The Belle of Cincinnati, a short time before the 2013 Great Steamboat Race. The Belle of Cincinnati, a short time before the 2013 Great Steamboat Race.
The weather was perfect for the 2013 Great Steamboat Race, put on by the Kentucky Derby Festival. The weather was perfect for the 2013 Great Steamboat Race, put on by the Kentucky Derby Festival.
A woman and her granddaughter poses on the Belle of Cincinnati, just before the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race is about to begin. A woman and her granddaughter poses on the Belle of Cincinnati, just before the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race is about to begin.
The sun sets moments after the Belle of Cincinnati docks, beating out the Belle of Louisville in the 2013 Great Steamboat Race. The sun sets moments after the Belle of Cincinnati docks, beating out the Belle of Louisville in the 2013 Great Steamboat Race.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- And they're off!

The 2013 Great Steamboat Race -- a watery staple of the Kentucky Derby Festival -- kicked off at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati vying for the finish line.

WDRB had its own undercover operative aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, and we posted pictures throughout the race!

In the end, the Belle of Cincinnati won the race, with a total of 130 points accumulated from a series of ten tasks during the day. Those tasks are broken up as follows:

Task No. 1: Jousting inflatable – Belle of Cincinnati 10, Belle of Louisville 0
Task No. 2: Obstacle inflatable course – Belle of Cincinnati 0 points, Belle of Louisville 10 points
Task No. 3: Handy line toss – Belle of Cincinnati 10, Belle of Louisville 0
Task No. 4: Monkey fist toss – Belle of Cincinnati 10 points, Belle of Louisville 0 points
Task No. 5: Paddlewheel Assembly – Belle of Cincinnati 10, Belle of Louisville 0 points
Task No. 6: Calliope contest – Belle of Cincinnati 0, Belle of Louisville 10
Task No. 7: Buoy flag retrieval – Both vessels were awarded 25 points
Task No. 8: VIP retrieval – Both vessels were awarded 25 points
Task No. 9: Bourbon barrel retrieval – Both vessels were awarded 25 points
Task No. 10: Boat race finish – Belle of Louisville was awarded 29 points, Belle of Cincinnati 15 points

The Belle of Cincinnati was awarded a set of silver-plated antlers for the win.

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