Cardboard boat race moving to Waterfront Stadium

Becky Vargo • Apr 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Registration is open for the second Coast Guard Festival cardboard boat race planned for July 29 at Waterfront Stadium.

There is no entry fee as the event continues to work to get afloat, but registrations are limited, according to organizer Brandon Davis. Ten entries will be accepted in each of the four categories for a total of 40 boats.

Awards will be presented for fastest time, most attractive or spectacular-looking boat (Boatswain Award), most spectacular sinking (Iceberg Award), People’s Choice and Pride of the Fleet — the most creative design that honors the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The categories are: 

• Buoy Class: ages 10-15, pair (two-person team) or crew (3- to 8-person team)

• Cutter Class: ages 16 to adult, pair or crew

The 100-yard race will go in one direction, east to west, rather than a circle like last year, which took place off Bicentennial Park. It will angle out away from the stadium and then back in.

Heats will consist of 2-3 boats, depending on the number of entries. 

The races begin at 1:30 p.m.

“Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, even though we only had seven entries,” Davis said. “We estimated a crowd of 2,500 people watching.”

A registration form with more information, including boat construction rules, is available online at www.coastguardfest.org/cardboard-boat-race.

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