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Cardboard Boat Race

Thursday, July 4, 2024 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (CDT)


🚤🏁 Cardboard Boat Race at Beech Lake! 🏁🚤 

Get ready to set sail in the most creative race of the year - the Cardboard Boat Race at Beech Lake! 

Design, build, and race your own cardboard boat for a chance to win and have loads of fun! 

Fun for All Ages 🌟 Gather your team, get your materials ready, and prepare for a day of thrilling races and unforgettable memories. 

Check in Time 2PM

General Rules (Rules subject to change. All participants and sponsors will be notified in writing if changes are made.)

  1. Only corrugated cardboard may be used. It can be of any thickness but must not be bonded to any other material such as vinyl. Non-corrugated material may not be used, especially the kind of resin or wax-type coating found in packing cases.
  2. Wood, metal, Styrofoam, or other materials that would aid in flotation or make the hull rigid are prohibited. This restriction applies to the keel, transom, ribs, hull, etc. No sandbags or similar materials may be used for ballast.
  3. Hulls may be painted with any “one-part” paint. No epoxy glues, fiberglass resins or “multi-part” varnishes or paints may be used. Hulls may not be “wrapped” in plastic, duct tape or anything else. Tar based substances like roof coatings are not permitted.
  4. Joints and seams may be glued and/or taped. Duct tape, contact cement, rubber cement, liquid nail, and a water sealer like THOMPSON’S may be used. No nails or metal or wood fasteners or staples may be used in the construction of the boat.
  5. Design is builder’s choice. Let your “imagination” reign supreme!! A minimum of 65% of the boat’s volume must remain as part of the boat when raced. Failure to meet this rule will result in a 20 second penalty in each race entered.
  6. Decorations may be made from any material but may not be used to reinforce the actual structure of the boat.
  7. No boat will be allowed to leave the starting gate unless all persons on board are wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and shoes. (Participants will provide their own PFDs and paddles.) 
  8. Boats are subject to inspection and disqualification for each violation of the above General Rules
  9. All boats must be removed from the lake area.
  10. Must have 2 persons in boat during race.
Beech Lake, Lexington

Beech Lake, Lexington, TN

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Rylee Smith
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Thursday, July 4, 2024 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (CDT)
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