Cardboard Boat Races

july, 2019

20jul10:30 am12:00 pmCardboard Boat RacesFamily Event


Event Details

Can you stay afloat? Grab your refrigerator boxes and your duct tape – cardboard boat races are coming to the Beach Club! We’re challenging teams (of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people) to get creative and construct a boat, raft, or floating watercraft entirely of cardboard to race across the Beach Club lagoon. Winners will be called in the following categories: Design/Creativity, Team Spirit, Speed, and Titanic (for the best of those who don’t finish).

BASIC RULES  The entire boat must be built of cardboard. Decorations are allowed only if they are made of PERMITTED materials and they don’t affect the structural strength or buoyancy of your watercraft. You may not wrap your entire boat/boat hull in duct tape, but you may use duct or masking tape to securely seal all your boat seams. You may waterproof your boat with varnish, paint or polyurethane. The crew compartment may not be enclosed. Costumes are allowed to enhance your theme. NOTE: every crew member must wear a life jacket. We will provide life jackets, but if you have your own, please bring them since our supply is limited. You must provide your own paddles. Paddles may be made of permitted materials, or you may use your hands or plastic/purchased paddles. Boats constructed with non-permitted materials will be disqualified.

PERMITTED MATERIALS  Corrugated cardboard and cardboard boxes (i.e. from grocery stores or delivery packages), cardboard “blocks” (i.e. from furniture store packaging), cardboard tubes (i.e. from carpet/ linoleum stores), duct or masking tape, liquid nails construction adhesive, latex paint, varnish or polyurethane.

NOT PERMITTED MATERIALS  Pre-coated or pre-treated cardboard, Flex Seal, plastic or plastic sheathing, wood, styrofoam, metal, sonotubes (used in construction/concrete forms), silicone, wax, tar, caulking compounds or two-part mixed adhesives, staples, clamps,
fiberglass, glass, nails, screws, or sharp objects.

BASIC DESIGN TIPS  Set your goal: design, speed, looks? Next, sketch your design. Note that flat-bottom, sit-to-paddle cardboard boats are the easiest to maneuver. Rudders help keep you straight but make turning difficult and add complexity to your design. Long boats go fast but are harder to turn. You may have more difficulty keeping a short boat headed straight. A recommended size for your boat is 8 to 12 feet long and 18 inches high. Only Stonebridge Ranch residents with ID may participate in the race. Teams may consist of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people max. Cheering spectators are welcome! (Guests are permitted into the Beach Club per the standard guest policy.)


WHEN & WHERE  Join us Saturday, July 20 at the Beach & Tennis Club (6201 Virginia Pkwy). Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and races begin at 11 a.m.


(Saturday) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CST


Beach & Tennis Club

6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney TX 75071


Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney TX 75071