Cardboard Boat Race Details

  1. Boat Design and Construction

    1. Boats must be made BEFORE the race.

    2. Boats and paddles must be made ONLY of cardboard and duct tape. 

    3. Boats may be a maximum width of 60” (5 ft) and a maximum length of 84” (7ft).

    4. There is no maximum height requirement.

    5. Boats must be propelled only by the use of a paddle and/or hands.

    6. If any illegal items used in construction are discovered during the pre– or post-race inspection, the boat will be disqualified.

  2. Race Format

    1. Boats will need to be designed to carry two individuals and allow for easy crew transition.

    2. Each person must provide and wear their own Coast Guard Approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device).

    3. Teams may consist of 4 individuals.

    4. Teams will start in one of four starting locations, teams will navigate the course returning to their starting location, at which point they will change out crew members (2 new crew members) who will then navigate the course again finishing at their starting position.

    5. Teammates who are not in the boat may help push the boat away from the pool deck both at the beginning of the race and during the half way switch.

    6. The race must begin and end with the two–person crew intact.

    7. Swimming and/or pulling the boat, or the use of the wall or other boats will result in disqualification.

    8. Heats will consist of, at most, 4 boats at a time.

    9. Each boat will travel roughly 80 yards.

    10. Time from heats will determine placement for finals. The fastest 4 times from heats will race for the Boating Champion.

  3. Boat Judging

    1. Boats will be judged in three categories with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places:

    • Most creative
    • Best team spirit
    • Fastest score