Rules & Regulations

Boat Construction

  1. Only corrugated cardboard may be used. It can be of any thickness but must not be bonded to any other material such as vinyl. Non-corrugated material may not be used, especially the kind of resin or wax-type coating found in packing cases. No solid cardboard and no carpet roll tubes may be used to strengthen the hull or boat structure.
  2. Wood, metal, Styrofoam, or other materials that would aid in flotation or make the hull rigid are prohibited. This restriction applies to the keel, transom, ribs, hull, etc.
  3. All boats entered must have an attached sail. The sail MAY aid in propulsion in addition to paddle propulsion.  The sail may use non-cardboard materials such as cloth or plastic sheeting. Actual sails or sail material (mylar or dacron) may not be used as sail material. The attached sail must be made of at least 20 square feet of material.
  4. Design is builder’s choice. Let your “imagination” reign supreme! However, if any removable pieces are removed for paddling, the part being raced must be recognizable from the original design. If not recognizable, the judges will impose a 5 point penalty, out of 20 possible points in the Original Design judging.
  5. No material such as Styrofoam or rubber inflation devices may be used to provide “buoyancy” or maintain flotation. No sandbags or similar materials may be used for ballast.
  6. Hulls may be painted with any “one-part” paint. No epoxy glues, fiberglass resins or “multi-part” varnishes or paints may be used. Hulls may not be “wrapped” in plastic, duct tape or anything else. Tar based substances like roof coatings are not permitted.
  7. Joints and seams may be glued and/or taped. Duct tape, contact cement, rubber cement, or construction adhesive may be used. No nails or metal or wood fasteners or staples may be used in the construction of the boat
  8. Decorations may be made from any material but may not be used to reinforce the actual structure of the boat.
  9. Boats are subject to inspection and disqualification for each violation of the above General Rules, (with the exception of rule #2 which results in a 20 second time penalty).
  10. The entry number of the vessel must be on placed/written/painted on the sail

Competition Rules

  1. Teams must pre-register for the event by July 20, and all participants must have read and understand the rules and signed the liability waiver. Children must be 8 years of age or older. 
  2. Vessels will be sailed/propelled by at least two people, but can utilize up to four people.
  3. The Course will be roughly 200 yards.
  4. Prior to the races, boats will be judged in the following categories: Best Original Design, Best Construction or Construction Technique, Best Decorated, Best Team Effort, & People’s Choice. Corporate/club teams and family/individual teams will be judged separately.
  5. Propulsion may come from two sources, paddling or sail.  Participants may not be propelled by kicking or paddling by participants in the water (even if boat becomes non-buoyant).
  6. No boat will be allowed to leave the starting gate unless all persons on board are wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and shoes.
  7. Participants will provide their own PFDs and paddles.
  8. Participants agree that they are strong swimmers and are in good health the day of the event
  9. Boats are subject to inspection and disqualification for each violation of the above General Rules, (with the exception of rule # 6 which results in a 20 second time penalty).
  10. All entrants must ensure that their portion of the pit area has been cleaned prior to departure on Regatta day. All boats must be removed from the park or cut apart and placed in trash containers.
  11. During the races, each event will be timed and awards given to the fastest times in each event. There will also be awards for the longest and the shortest boats to get around the race course and for the Most Spectacular Sinking.
  12. All boats must be paddled in at least one race or risk the loss of any awards given to the boat or team. This does not apply if the event is shortened by rain and the boat did not get a chance to be paddled.