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Cardboard Boat Race

Sponsor: Engineering Student Council

Time and Place Wednesday, Feb. 19 | 7:30 PM | HPER Pool

Who: Students in teams: 2 for races, 2+ for the Float Challenge

What: make a boat out of cardboard and duct tape and compete against other boats

When: Wednesday Feb 19th at 7:30pm. Sign in from 6:45 to 7:15, first to come gets first pick on lanes and heats.

Where: HPER large pool. Contestants enter through back door, spectators enter through second floor observation deck.
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Why: Winners receive some awesome prizes!

  • Gift cards
  • Avocado floaty
  • Rubber Ducks
  • Duct Tape
  • Trophies

Get your first roll of duct tape free and pick up your co-captain Rubber Ducky from the table on the third floor of the Engineering building February 10th - 18th.

Cardboard Boat Race

Race Rules

  1. Boat must ONLY be made of cardboard and duct tape. All cardboard MUST be covered by duct tape. Use of any other materials, fasteners, glue, or exposed cardboard will result in disqualification.
  2. No alterations may be made to boats after check-in
  3. Boat must carry 2 adult passengers AND co-captain Rubber Ducky
  4. Boat must be no longer than 7 feet and no wider than 3.5 feet.
  5. Boat must be at least 6 inches deep inside.
  6. Boat to boat contact IS allowed
  7. Person to person, or person to boat, contact is NOT allowed. (No trying to sink other boats, holding onto other boats, or pushing other boats)
  8. Hand paddling only. Use of feet in the water to kick will result in disqualification.
  9. No using of the pool edges to pull your boat down the lane
  10. No paddles of any kind allowed. No taping of hands.
  11. Have fun!

Scoring Rules

  1. Race will consist of 1 down and back lap
  2. No racer may begin in their boat. Boats will be placed in lane prior to starting (Le Mans Start)
  3. Boat must make contact with opposite wall before return trip
  4. Finishing time is recorded once boat makes contact with starting wall
  5. Each heat will consist of 1 boat per lane (6 lanes)
  6. Winner from each heat will compete in the finals
  7. Final race follows same rules as previous races
  8. Disputes, scoring, and interpretation of race rules subject to judge’s discretion

Floating Challenge Rules

  1. Boat must ONLY be made of cardboard and duct tape. All cardboard MUST be covered by duct tape. Use of any other materials, fasteners, glue, or exposed cardboard will result in disqualification.
  2. Not alterations may be made to boats after check-in
  3. Boat must be no longer than 7 feet and no wider than 5 feet
  4. Boats that participated in the races may compete in the float competition
  5. Boat must be at least 6 inches deep inside. No higher than 2 feet
  6. Co-captain Rubber Ducky must remain in boat at ALL times
  7. Boat to boat contact IS allowed
  8. Splashing other boats IS allowed and encouraged
  9. Person to person or person to boat contact is NOT allowed. (No trying to sink other boats, holding onto other boats, or pushing other boats)
  10. Hand paddling only. Use of feet in the water to kick will result in disqualification.
  11. No using of the pool edges to support your boat
  12. No paddles of any kind allowed. No taping of hands.
  13. Have fun!

Scoring Rules

  1. Boat that fits the most people without sinking wins
  2. Once a boat is sunk, total number of people = (# in the boat when sunk - 1)
  3. Boat must hold the number of people for 30 seconds before adding another person
  4. A boat is considered sunk once a majority of the vessel is under water, filled with water, or can no longer hold people within the vessel.
  5. If co-captain Rubber Ducky leaves your vessel, your vessel is considered sunk
  6. Disputes, scoring, and interpretation of rules subject to judge’s discretion

Design Competition

  1. Based on popular vote of best designed boat
  2. Includes aesthetics and construction

Registration

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