Free Cardboard Boat Regatta

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | FREE EVENT!

Registration | 10:00 a.m.
Parade of Boats | 11:00 a.m.
Races Begin at Noon!



Kids and adults are welcome to participate in the Avon Recreation Center's first cardboard boat regatta on Saturday, August 12th. Cardboard boats will be put to the test racing across Nottingham Lake. Boats will race in heats based on the age of the crew and the length of the boat; judges will determine the winners of these categories:
  • Fastest Boat (must finish race)
  • Most Creative Design
  • Most Dramatic Sinking
  • Crowd Favorite

Regatta Guidelines:


1. Have fun!  And always BE SAFE.  All crew members must wear life jackets.
2. Motors are not permitted, so bring your best paddlers!
3. The boat's hull must be made of corrugated cardboard and should be constructed and sealed with any of the following: tape, caulk, glue, latex paint, or varnish.
4. Above the hull the boat may include additional decorative materials as long as they don't aid in flotation.  Be creative and have fun designing!

Some Suggested Supplies:

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Acrylic Latex Caulk
  • Utility Knife
  • Glue
  • Paper Package Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Varnish
  • Clamps
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush or Roller
  • Straight Edge
  • Scissors

Restricted Hull Materials:

  • 2-Part Glues
  • Styrofoam
  • Metal or Metal Foils
  • Plastic
  • Pasteboard or Chipboard
  • Wood
  • Items or Materials That May Harm the Lake


A Few Construction Tips:

1. Use multiple layers of cardboard, alternating the direction of the corrugations for most strength.
2. Score your cardboard along the line of folds for the straightest bends.
3. Seal the edges of your cardboard with caulk or paper tape to prevent water from getting in.
4. Consider building a few model boats to test for the most stability and buoyancy.
5. Don't make the sides of your boat too tall for the crew to reach over and paddle.

For complete regatta guidelines, click here!