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  Saturday, 23 September 2017  
    Registration begins 10:00 am
  Captain's Meeting 11:50 am
  Preliminary heats begin 12 noon


  Porter Park  
  Lynn Haven, FL  


It's fun! And it:

  • Applies Archimedes principles of lotation to a fun event
  • Promotes creative problem solving
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Fosters insight using a design/build process
  • Secures bragging rights when team wins a cool award, and
  • No entry fee thanks to our generous sponsors.
  • Details

    The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta© began in 1974 as a project for a design class at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. Shaddai Shriners presents its version of this family-friendly event for Bay County while trying to preserve the original concepts upon which the regatta was founded.

    Only corrugated cardboard, duct tape, glue, and paint may be used in construction. Decorating the boat is encouraged.

    A Water Safety Crew will be onsite at all times for a safe, enjoyable, and exciting learning experience for students and spectators.

    Participants in this year's event are divided into four age groups:

    1. Under 12 years old
    2. 12-14 years old
    3. 15-18 years old
    4. College/university students

    Each team may consist of no more than six stundents, who must design and build a watercraft, with the supplies listed above, capable of floating two students who must self propel at least three times around a 200 yard course.

    Awards will be given for 1st thru 3rd place winners as well as other fun categories. A trophy will be presented to the winning team's high school.

    We expect this event to attract considerable media attention which will provide great exposure for your business, depending on your level of sponsorship.

    Below are the available trophies for sponsorship:

  • The Pride of the Regatta for the most creative design/constructioin: best use of corrugated cardboard.
  • Team Sprit Award for the most spirited team; the one that has the most fun participating in the event.
  • The Vogue Award for the most attractive or spectacular-looking boat.
  • Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking.
  • Peoples' Choice Award voted on by the spectators.
  • High School Trophy presented to the winning h.s. team's school.
  • Best Dressed Award is self explanatory.

    A Sponsorship is associated with scholastic-oriented youth-promoting scientific (applied physics) education and development. Now, who doesn't want to be part of that promotion?


    The regatta will be held at Porter Park in Lynn Haven, FL on SR77N just at the foot of the Bailey Bridge.

    As you look over our website, please don't hesitate to contact us for questions or to receive the complete official rules.

    NOTE: Anyone who wants to build a boat to race can. It is not just for Students!

    For questions, please contact<br>

          Bob Shipman