Design and build a human-powered corrugated cardboard boat capable of racing a 200-yard course up to three (3) times.
SCHEDULE: Saturday, July 31
12:00 PM: Line-ups/Registration begins
1:15 PM: Captain’s meeting
1:30 PM: Races begin
Buoy Class: 10—15 years old • Pair (2-person
team) • Crew (3—8 person team)
Cutter Class: 16yrs—adult • Pair (2-person team)
• Crew (3—8 person team)
(children under 10yrs may be accompanied by adults in Cutter Class only, see below for details)
1st Place (fastest time) – Buoy Class Pair, Buoy Class Crew, Cutter Class Pair, Cutter Class Crew
Boatswain Award – Most attractive or spectacular looking boat
Iceberg Award – Most spectacular sinking
People’s Choice Award – Favorite boat, but public vote
Pride of the Fleet – Most creative design that honors the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard
1. Entire hull, superstructure and seating must be made entirely out of cardboard. No surfboard or paddleboard style allowed.
2. Only corrugated cardboard is allowed.
3. Absolutely no use of the following items will be permitted: tar-based substances, fiberglass resin, carpet tubes or barrels, epoxy glue, two-part varnish or any other two-part substance
4. It may be waterproofed, but no use of the above items. The hull must not be wrapped in plastic, duct tapes, shrink wrap or any thing else.
5. Only seams and joints may be taped or glued (waterproofing), but not the whole boat.
6. Use of canoe paddles, oars or kayak paddles are allowed.
7. Boat must be free of sharp objects, pointy objects or anything else that could cause injuries to other boaters.
8. Boat passenger area must not be permanently enclosed above the occupants shoulders (as a precaution in the event of a tip- over).
9. All boats are subject to an inspection for compliance of the rules. A boat must pass inspection to be eligible to race. You will have the opportunity to fix a violation and be re-inspected. All boats must be approved prior to the captain meeting at 1:15pm.
1. The boat captain must register before the race AND attend the pre-race captain’s meeting.
2. Boat occupants must wear a properly fastened Coast Guard approved life jacket while in the boat or water.
3. No more than eight (8) crew or passengers allowed in any boat.
4. Cutter Class only: children under 8 yrs of age may be onboard, but must be accompanied by one adult per child.
5. All crew must be IN the boat when crossing the finish line to qualify as a finisher in your heat.
6. Boats with the fastest times in the preliminary heats advance to the semi-finals and then on to the finals (3 races total).