Cardboard Regatta – Cancelled

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Willis
12177 Interstate 45 N
Willis, TX 77318
Joel Calltharp

**After watching the weather closely for several days and not seeing any improvement, we have decided to cancel the festival this weekend.**

**Update to schedule times**

Ask yourself these questions, do you have what it takes to brave the treacherous voyage on our pond? Are you brave enough for the challenge? Are they crazy? Am I crazy? If you answered yes to any of those questions or you just want to come out and have a good time, come be a part of the Cardboard Regatta!

This event is open to the public to compete and spectate. Your not going to want to miss it!

Open to all ages!

Registration will be open on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.

Free Event!

Cardboard Regatta Rules

Build Rules

  • Boat design is the builder’s choice. Let your imagination run wild! Costumes and team attire are encouraged.
  • The entire boat hull and structural components must be constructed using any thickness of corrugated cardboard. Solid type cardboard such as tubes are not allowed.
  • The boat can be constructed in any fashion, but must remain open for quick evacuation.
  • The boat set up and display must be completed and on church grounds by Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM to be eligible for the race. Anything other than minor fixes of the boats on the property will not be allowed.
  • Duct tape, masking tape, single-part adhesives, and single-part paints are the ONLY other materials allowed in the boat construction. If you have to mix it, it isn’t allowed. Adhesives like Liquid Nails and all caulks are encouraged and work great.
  • Any structural material except corrugated cardboard, tapes, glues, and paints are illegal! Some examples are, but not limited to: waxed cardboard, fiberglass, plastic, wood, rubber, shrink-wrap, Styrofoam, and two-part glues/epoxies/paints. NO nails, staples, or metal allowed.
  • Anyone found guilty of illegal boat materials will be DISQUALIFIED.
  • Participants must use oars, paddles, or other similar items to manually propel the boat constructed under the same guidelines as the boats.

Race Rules

  • Boats will need to be designed to carry at least two individuals and allow for easy crew transition.
  • Every crew member must wear an approved Personal Flotation Device (lifejacket).
  • Teams consist of at least 4 individuals.
  • Teams will navigate the course to the swapping location, at which point they will change out crew members (at least 2 new crew members) who will then navigate the course back to the starting position. The boat must have a least 2 crew members in it at all times. If a crew member made the voyage one way, they cannot make the voyage back.
  • Teammates who are not in the boat may not help with the movement of the boat in any way.
  • The race must begin and end with at least a two – person crew intact.
  • Swimming and/or pulling the boat, or the use of the bottom or sides of the pond, or other boats will result in disqualification.
  • Splashing, pushing, ramming, or any other activity that would affect another team will be grounds for disqualification.
  • Each boat will travel roughly 80 yards.
  • Time from heats will determine placement for finals.
  • All race participants MUST sign a waiver and release agreement.
  • Crew members MUST be able to swim to participate. We ask that racers be prepared to possibly go down with the ship.
  • Categories for judging are:
    • Fastest time
    • The most spectacular sinking

Boat Judging

  • Boats will be judged on their creativity as part of the pre-race activities.
  • Teams should be prepared to “show – off” their work upon the start of the judging @ 10:00 AM
  • Category for judging are:
    • Best Looking (judged using three criteria construction, theme, and boat name)

King Of The Mountain Challenge

  • Challenge will take place directly after the boat races have been completed.
  • Boat must have completed the Boat Race.
  • The challenge is simple, the boat that can hold the most crew members in it before it begins to take on water is the winner!