Cardboard Canoe Races

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Cardboard Canoe Race Rules (Day-of Build)

JUDGES INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES WILL BE FINAL

 

  1. Each team will receive 2 large pieces of cardboard, 1 utility knife, 1 paddle, and 1 roll of packing tape to use to build a Cardboard Canoe. 
  2. Each team will receive 1 hour to build the canoe at the Raritan River Festival before racing the canoe. 
  3. Markers will be available for art work or naming of the cardboard canoes. 
  4. Each team will select 1 person age 8 or older to race inside the canoe.  This person must wear a Personal Floatation Device and be a good swimmer. PFDs will also be available and provided by the Festival if you don't have your own.
  5. Each Cardboard Canoe race will consist of the best time from point A (the dock) to point B (the Buoy), and back to point C (the dock).
  6. Awards will be given for the fastest cardboard canoe and the best designed canoe.
  7. No outside materials will be allowed.  You must build your canoe with the materials provided.

Race Rules

  1. You should be able to swim and must wear a personal floatation device (PFD). A limited number of PFDs will be available at the Festival.
  2. During competition, you must be in the boat--now towing it, holding it between your legs, swimming, or allowing the life jacket to provide the floatation of the vessel. 
  3. Throwing water on another boat is reason for disqualification, unless said water comes from the incidental splash of a paddle.

 

THIS IS A FUN EVENT!!

 

Any behavior that is deemed to be detrimental to the event or other participants will result in team disqualification.

Cardboard Canoe Race Rules (Pre-Built)

 

JUDGES INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES WILL BE FINAL

 

Construction Material & Rules

 

  1. The entire boat must be built from cardboard & duct tape. Duct tape may be used to reinforce seams 
  2. Corrugated cardboard, carpet tubes, cardboard blocks may be found at recycling centers, appliance stores, department stores, discount clubs, electronics stores, etc. 
  3. Pre-treated cardboard such as waxed cardboard is allowed. No paint or varnish is allowed on the day of the event. 
  4. Fastening material is to be duct tape only. 
  5. Hull wrapping in duct tape is allowed. 
  6. Decorations are allowed and encouraged, provided they are not used as structural or floatation elements. 
  7. Design is left to the builder(s). 
  8. NO wood, plastic, rubber, inflatable devices, Styrofoam, or fiberglass. 
  9. NO caulking compounds, two-part/mixed adhesives, glues, epoxy mixtures, or coatings are allowed. 
  10. NO electrical, gasoline, benzene, propane, or other chemical or electrical propulsion systems are permitted. 
  11. NO surfboard style boat is allowed. 
  12. The crew compartment CANNOT be enclosed so as to interfere with escape.

 

Participation - A crew may consist of no more than 3 members

 

Race Rules

  1. Every crew member should be able to swim and must wear a personal floatation device (PFD). A limited number of PFDs will be available at the Festival.
  2. During competition, crew must be in the boat--now towing it, holding it between their legs, swimming, or allowing the life jacket to provide the floatation of the vessel. 
  3. Throwing water on another boat is reason for disqualification, unless said water comes from the incidental splash of a paddle.

 

THIS IS A FUN EVENT!!

 

Any behavior that is deemed to be detrimental to the event or other participants will result in team disqualification.

2016 Festival Info

September 25, 2016

Boyd Park

New Brunswick, NJ

 

12-6 PM

 

FREE Admission

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