Competing in the X-Stream Cardboard Boat Race
(Registration Required)

It's easy to participate in this fun event. Put together a team of 2 people aged between 12 and 18, plus an adult supervisor. Then think about some boat design ideas, and perhaps put together a theme with some costumes and you're all set.

If you are interested in participating and do not have a team, please send in an application and we will put together teams where possible.

The Details

  1. Each team must consist of 2 people aged 12 to 18 plus one adult supervisor.
  2. Two competitors must be in the boat around the course.
  3. Only supplied materials (cardboard, styrofoam and duct tape) can be used to construct the boat.
  4. Contestants may use their own paddles or those supplied by the Festival for propulsion.
  5. Approved PFD's and shoes must be worn by all competitors in the boat.
  6. Each team has 1 1/2 hours to build their boat.
  7. There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee per team.

Building Tips

  1. Longer boats go faster but are harder to turn
  2. Laminate corrugated cardboard together so the corrugation runs at 90 degrees between layers
  3. Don't step on the cardboard while building – it weakens it
  4. Use lots of duct tape to waterproof the boat, but don't run out!
  5. In general, keep the styrofoam flotation higher so that the boat is more stable
  6. Flat bottomed boats are more stable than V-shaped bottoms unless the "V" is very gentle
  7. Be creative - your design doesn't have to look like a boat at all (and may be more likely to win prizes for creativity if it doesn’t!)

The X-Stream Cardboard Boat Race is a popular event and space is limited, so register early to ensure a spot. To receive more information and an application form, please use our contact form and select "X-Stream Cardboard Boat Race".