Cardboard boat racers to compete for North Carolina State Championships--Lake Waccamaw, NC
Cardboard boat race enthusiasts throughout the state of North Carolina will finally be able to compete for a state championship in their sport of racing watercraft out of seemingly non-seaworthy materials. The North Carolina Cardboard Boat Championships will be held Father’s Day weekend on Saturday, June 15th at the Waccamaw Sailing Club in Lake Waccamaw, NC.
The schedule of events begins with last minute boat building at 9am, team registration and check-in at 11am, boat judging at noon, races at 1pm followed by the post-race awards ceremony. The Rotary Club of Whiteville, NC held the inaugural event last Father’s Day weekend as the Whiteville Rotary Cardboard Boat Race in front of a crowd of more than 300 spectators as 14 boat entries raced each other in vessels made almost entirely out of cardboard. “Last year we had teams enter from as far away as Winston-Salem”, said Coburn Powell, Whiteville Rotary Club President. “By positioning this as a state-wide event, we are hoping to start a North Carolina Father’s Day weekend tradition.”
The race challenge is to design and build a human-powered, corrugated cardboard boat that’s capable of finishing around a 200-yard course. The boats are limited only by the builders’ imaginations. Last years’ entries included a viking ship, aircraft carrier, Noah’s Ark, alligator, outhouse and fast kayak designs built for speed.
State Championship categories include Parent/Child (age 9+ with adult), Single Paddler Junior (ages 13-17), Multi-Paddler Junior, Single Paddler Adult, Multi-Paddler Adult and a last boat standing Free-For-All Match. Awards are given for Most Original Design, Best Construction, Team Spirit, Shortest Boat, Longest Boat, People’s Choice and the crowd favorite: “Titanic Award for the Most Spectacular Sinking”.
A concession stand will be on site to sell food and drink at a nominal fee. Attendees are encouraged to car pool and to bring their own chairs. Family, youth group and individual boat entries are $30, club and non-profit organization entries are $50 and corporate team entries are $100.
The event is sponsored by Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Walters Surgical Associates and The News Reporter.
The Whiteville Rotary Club held its first CARDBOARD BOAT RACE Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Lake Waccamaw Sailing Club. It was truly a FUN day for all. The large crowd attending witnessed that most of the boats, made of cardboard,
actually finished the course (yes -
some did sink). The competition was awesome. Everyone enjoyed the food, fun, and fellowship.
We thank all who built the boats and participated in the races, making the event
successful, and helping us raise funds to support many worthy organizations in our community.
"Come Race With Us This Year"