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Cardboard Boat Races

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ahoy there, mateys! The Cardboard Boat Races are back! This year the rules are a little bit different! Please take a moment to read the rules below. If you are interested in participating this year, a full list of rules (including materials instructions) can be printed by clicking the button at the bottom of the rules!

Basic Rules

  • 4 people must ride in the boat – 1 must be an adult
  • Ages 12 & under must have a lifejacket
  • Must go around buoy and back to shore
  • Winners will be determined by a point system

Construction Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Paddles and Oars
    • There are no restrictions placed on decorative materials as long as they do not aid in the flotation or propulsion of the boat and do not create a safety hazard.
  • Register your boat by submitting your Team/Boat name to Recreation@SandyPines.com

Point System

  • This year, we will be scoring boats using a point system. This allows all participants an equal chance of winning.
    • Boat Materials – 40 points – all points will be awarded if they use proper construction materials
    • Decorations – 1st 25 points, 2nd 15 points, 3rd 10 points, everyone else 5 points – park members will be able to vote on the Facebook Page
    • Finish Line – 1st 30 points, 2nd 15 points, 3rd 10 points, everyone else 5 points – participants will get points for getting their boat all the way to the finish line with all members on the raft.

Bonus Points

  • Best Dressed – 10 points – team with the best outfits will earn additional points, this will be determined by Rec Staff.
  • Guest Appearance – 10 points – Convince a park representative to be your team’s cheerleader (board members, PSO, golf course, administrative staff, park & garden, or maintenance – cannot be related to you)
  • Team Anthem – 10 points – Come up with a team chant, song or slogan to sing while rowing out.

Race Day

  • All boats must be at Phase 1 Beach by 9:00 am on Race Day.
  • Decoration Judging will begin at 9:30 am on Sandy Recreation Facebook Page.
  • All participants must arrive at 10:15 am to review the rules.
  • The race will begin at 10:30 am.
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July 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Abby Greenfield – Recreation Manager


Phase 1 Pavilion
2745 136th Ave
Hopkins, MI 49328 United States
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