Regatta Rules & Compliance
- The entire boat must be made from corrugated cardboard. Any thickness of corrugated cardboard is permitted, but waxed cardboard, carpet tubes and barrels are not allowed.
- Absolutely NO use of the following items: tar-based substances, two-part varnishes, fiberglass resin, epoxy glue, or corrugated cardboard that’s bonded to any surface.
- A one-part enamel or lacquer paint and/or polyurethane varnish or water seal is permitted. DO NOT use tar-based substances, epoxy glue, fiberglass resin or any two-part substances, including two-part varnishes and paint. Applied paint must be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours prior to launching.
- The only adhesive that can be used is duct tape. Colored tape is allowed if the tape was manufactured in color. DO NOT WRAP THE HULL IN TAPE, PLASTIC, SHRINK WRAP OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL.
- Styrofoam or any other flotation-type foam is a major no-no. Violators will be branded “Pirates” and stripped of any trophies.
- There is no restriction on decorative materials, as long as they do not aid in the flotation or propulsion of the boat and do not create a fire or safety hazard.
- The boat’s passenger area must not be enclosed. Each passenger must be visible while the boat is in the water.
- Any form of paddle is permitted; one paddle per person.
- Boats are not to exceed 8 feet in length and 4 feet in width.
- All boats are subject to technical inspection for compliance with the rules. All boats must pass inspection to be eligible to enter the water. You will have a chance to fix any violations before the race.
- All boat occupants must wear appropriately sized, properly fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Life jackets are NOT supplied. You must bring your own.
- The passenger area of the boat must not be permanently enclosed above the shoulders of the occupants. Each occupant must be visible while the boat is in the water.
- Boats must be free of sharp edges or anything that could pose a danger.
- All boat passengers must have a signed waiver turned in at registration.
- Passengers must be 7 years old or older.
- All Corporate Division boats must have one employee in the boat.
- Each boat must have a designated Captain. The Captain must check in at the registration area on the day of the race during the designated time.
- To qualify as a finalist, participants must correctly navigate the race course around and all crew members must be in the boat as it crosses the finish line.
- Any boat not ready to race at the designated time will be disqualified.
- Participants MUST retrieve their boat – or its remains – from the water.