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29th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington

29th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

The Cardboard Boat Regatta challenges amateur boat builders – youth and adult – to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. The crafty cardboard creations then sail (or sink!) in Hurricane Harbor’s Wave Pool as they compete for a variety of trophies. Spectators have just as much fun cheering on the courageous crews and soaking up the event-day activities. In addition to hosting this fabulous event for us, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opens a few select rides, such as the Tornado, Tsunami Surge, Typhoon Twister and Hook’s Lagoon.

Boat Entries (Designed & built before event day)

  • Boaters must be 8 years old
  • Crews can consist of 1 to 10 members
  • These boat entries can also include our Class II mechanical boats, which use muscle-powered propulsion systems (propellers, paddle wheels, sails) and steering systems (rudders) that do not need to be made of cardboard.
  • Winning boats awarded trophies that include Fastest Finish; Best of Show; Rah, Rah; & Titanic for most spectacular sinking

Build on Site Boats
Don’t have time to build a boat before race day? Sign up on event day for Class III Build on Site to construct a Guppy (2-person) boat in just two hours. You and your crew will receive:

  • 3 pieces of cardboard
  • 2 rolls of duct tape (only allowed on Build on Site boats)
  • 2 sheets of plastic
  • box cutter
  • pencil
  • yardstick
  • A trophy is awarded to the fastest finish

Boat Kits – NEW!
Thanks to our generous sponsor, Harris Packaging, participants can pre-purchase a pre-cut boat kit that all you have to do is assemble, paint and decorate to make it your own theme! Boat kits can be designed for 4 to 6 crew members.

  • Cost is $100
  • Limited supply of 10 kits available, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Boat kits can be picked up from Harris Packaging by appointment on Saturdays.
  • Order your boat kits on the entry forms, or contact Kristi Payne via e-mail or 817.860.6752, ext. 107.

High School Challenge
All high schools that enter a boat in one or more categories in the Cardboard Boat Regatta are automatically entered in the High School Challenge!

  • Paint your boat in your school colors
  • Make the mascot the captain of your ship
  • Show your school spirit to win the Rah!Rah! Award!
  • Win the High School Challenge Trophy!

Game Area
Grab your friends, family or crewmates and add a little extra competition to the day! Passes can be purchased on event day to enjoy playing these available sports in our NEW Game Area:

  • Horseshoes
  • Spikeball
  • Ladderball
  • Cornhole
  • No trophies – just the fun of winning (and of course your own personal bragging rights!)

Children’s Area

  • Enjoy some splash time at Hook’s Lagoon
  • Hula Hoop contests
  • Bubble Play
  • Mini-Boat Regatta
  • For children ages 4 to 12
  • $5 entry fee
  • Race a small pinewood sailboat along a rain gutter by blowing into the sail.
  • Pinewood sailboat kits can be purchased at Acorns Gift Shop inside River Legacy Living Science Center and built and decorated before event day.
  • Download a Mini-Boat Regatta Entry Form Here

The Cardboard Boat Regatta is one of four fundraising events throughout the year that support environmental education at River Legacy Living Science Center & River Legacy Parks.

Official Site  

1800 E. Lamar Blvd. · Arlington, TX 76006