Engineering and Technology

Homecoming 2018 Cardboard Boat Race

Participants in a previous cardboard boat race

Information and Rules

Tuesday, October 9
11:30 am
SUU Pool

Participants may use these instructions to build their cardboard boat or design their own boat.

  • Boat Regulations
    • The Boat must carry 2 adult-size passengers.
    • No more than 2 adult passengers will be allowed.
    • Boat must be made of 1/8 inch wafer type cardboard (typical cardboard box material) and duct tape only.
    • No concrete form material (sona tubes).
    • No use of fasteners, sealers or any other materials will be allowed.
    • Boat must be no longer than 6 feet and no wider than 3 feet.
    • All cardboard must be covered with duct tape. No exposed cardboard inside or outside of boat. Exposed cardboard will result in not being able to race.
    • Pontoons are not boats. Participants must build a boat in order to participate.
  • Race Rules
  • No Construction Zone
    • No boat construction or modification of any kind will be allowed at the pool. Construction or modification to any boat at the pool will result in disqualification.
  • Means of Propulsion
    • Hand paddling only.
    • Use of feet in the water to kick will result in disqualification.
    • No paddles of any kind allowed.
    • No taping of hands.
    • No using the pool edge to propel the boat.
  • Horseplay
    • No holding on to other boats causing them to take on water or preventing them from going forward.
  • Additional Rules
    • Participants who have been disqualified are to remove their boats from the water immediately upon being notified of disqualification.
    • Participants are to get out of the pool immediately after completion of the race and carry their boat from the premises.
    • All participants entering the pool must wear appropriate swimming attire.
    • No "recreational" swimming is allowed once the race is over.
    • All participants are required to remove the remains of their boat from the premises immediately after their race. Boats are not to be left in the water to see how long they will float.
    • Racers are to arrange for disposal of their boat prior to race day. Do not leave your boat for someone else to throw in the dumpster.
    • Participants waive their right to sue due to drowning. Participate at your own risk.
  • Race Procedures
  • Race will start from the deep end of the pool.
  • Boats are to be placed in between each of the starting blocks.
    • Only participants are allowed behind the start blocks. All other people must stand on the side of the pool or down at the shallow end.
  • Participants will set their boats in the water once the whistle blows and board.
  • Participants are to hand paddle only down to the shallow end, touch the side of the pool and return to finish at the deep end.
    • Only one person needs to touch the side of the pool at the shallow end.
    • Participants who fail to touch the side of the pool at the shallow end will be disqualified.
  • Participants are not allowed to travel down the side of the pool using the edge of the pool to propel the boat.
    • Using the edge of the pool to propel the boat will result in disqualification.
  • If enough boats are present, multiple heats will be run.

For additional information, please contact Richard Cozzens at cozzens@suu.edu or (435) 586-7983

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