Sink or Swim: Cardboard Boat Race

September 30, 2018 10AM-1PM

Ages 8+ (under 12 must have adult in boat)

 FREE!

Bryan Glazer Family JCC | Mezrah Family Aquatic Center

 

 

How to begin your quest:

  1. Register on this page.
  2. Design and build a 2-person cardboard boat using only cardboard, duct tape and rubber cement.
  3. Check in at 10am on race day
    1. Check in will end at 10:45AM!
  4. Races begin at 11AM
  5. HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Race Categories:

  1. Ages 16+
  2. Ages 12-15
  3. Ages 8-11

 

See below for further details regarding general information, construction tips and participation rules.

 

Contact Jackie Pedregon, Aquatics Director, at Aquatics@BGFJCC.com or by contacting the Welcome Desk at 813-575-5900 for questions.

Click on image to download flyer (pdf)

Sink or Swim:

Cardboard Boat Race Information

Build a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape that is capable of holding two people, and can be launched and paddled across a swimming pool.

GENERAL INFORMATION

To assist you in planning to participate in this exciting and fun event, the following information and recommendations will help you during the planning process:

  • A maximum of 2 people per team
  • Teamwork and planning is strongly advised prior to the event to determine strategy, design and use of materials.
  • Carefully review the construction criteria to determine your strategy for the race.
  • All participants are welcome to swim after the race has ended.

 

CONSTRUCTION TIPS

  • To make the base as strong as possible you could double the cardboard. You do this by placing a sheet of cardboard over another sheet so that the corrugations on the two sheets are at right angles to each other.
  • To fold a piece of cardboard across the corrugations you can score it with the handle end of a craft knife and a ruler as guide.
  • BEWARE: Walking on corrugated paper weakens it!
  • Avoid oil-based stains, caulk and glue because oil soaks into the cardboard, may never dry, and weakens it.

 

SAFETY RULES

  • Any participants that cannot swim the length of the pool unassisted with need to wear a lifevest.
  • These will NOT be provided by BGFJCC.

PARTICIPATION RULES

  • Boat construction is strongly recommended prior to the event.
  • Teams may not exceed 2 people. Teams are permitted to bring team ‘alternates’.
  • ALL PROJECTS MUST BE DESIGNED TO ALLOW TWO PEOPLE TO BE FULLY CONTAINED WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOAT WHILE PARTICIPATING. (NO RAFTS OR SURFBOARD STYLES WILL BE PERMITTED!)
  • Lifeguards may determine a boat unsafe at any point during the event.
  • Projects may not be lined or constructed of a prefabricated liner, tarp, coated cardboard or water proof sealant.
  • Boats must be made with corrugated cardboard. The entire hull, superstructure, and seating must be cardboard also.
  • Tape may be of varying colors for creativity but must have come manufactured in that color.
  • Maximum length may be 10 feet.
  • Hair dryers or electrical drying devices are not permitted.
  • Decorations must not aid in the buoyancy of the boat. Lacquers, waxes, latex/water-based paint, spray paints, other adhesives or final finishes are not permitted.
  • No legs or feet can be used to propel the boat.
  • No clamps may be used during the day of the race.
  • No electrical power to propel the boat will be permitted.