Let’s see you turn paper into a seaworthy vessel! Build a cardboard boat at home and bring it to the beach to race against other boats! We will have supplies available for late additions and repairs. Awards will be presented for speed, and team spirit. Teams of two or more must have at least two people sail in the boat. For ages 6-18.
Cardboard Regatta Rules
Boat Design & Construction:
• Boats must be made BEFORE THE RACE.
• Boats must be made ONLY of cardboard and duct tape. NO reinforced cardboard tubes, only broken down cardboard boxes.
• Cardboard cannot be sealed with any paint or sealants.
• Duct tape may be of varying colors for creativity but must have come manufactured in said color.
• Boats may be a maximum width of 60” (5ft) and a maximum length of 84” (7ft).
• Boats must be completed enclosed, or permit the crew to remain fully on top of the vessel (You are not permitted to have dangling extremities).
• The boat’s passenger area must not be enclosed above the occupant’s shoulders so as to interfere with escape should the vessel begin to sink.
• Boats must be propelled by the use of cardboard paddles.
o Paddles must meet the same construction requirements as the boats (cardboard and duct tape only).
• Boat design is left to the builders. Let your imagination take over; make your boat look like a race car, flying saucer, dragon, etc. Crew costumes are permitted.
• If any illegal items used in construction are discovered during the pre- or post– race inspection, the boat will be disqualified
Teams & Race Format
• Teams may consist of two (2) or more members; however, only two (2) team members can be in the boat.
• Team members must be between 6-18 years old.
• Each person will be equipped with a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
• The race must begin and end with the two – person crew intact.
• Swimming and/or pulling the boat will result in disqualification.
• Teams will start from the beach and may receive a push from two (2) team members. Teams will navigate to the buoy rope and return back to the beach.
• Judges reserve the rights to divide entrants into heats, depending on the number of vessels.
• Time from heats will determine placement for finals. The fastest four (4) times from heats will race for the Championship.
• Awards for speed and team spirit will be presented.
*Any rule not specifically covered above will be left to the discretion of the Judges.