Hurricane Harbor hosts Cardboard Regatta

April 8, 2013 by  

Mansfield, Grand Prairie, and the rest of the Arlington area are invited to put their cardboard engineering skills to the test at River Legacy’s 24th Annual Cardboard Regatta later this month.

Aspiring participants can register by April 15 in one of three categories: Guppy, with 1-2 crew ($50); Dolphin, 3-5 crew ($60); or Whale, 6-10 crew ($80). School and church groups pay $40.

Groups with no engineering experience can act as their own cardboard boat brochure printers with the help of a 19-page PDF manual provided at the River Legacy website, or take the PDF to a print company if they want to look ultra-professional. Those pressed for time can sign up to build a boat the morning of the race, with provided materials and a two-hour deadline.

The Regatta itself will begin at 9:00 am on April 24 at the 27th at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 1800 E. Lamar Boulevard. Time trials will be held for the various categories and classifications, with awards for the fastest in each category. These categories differ by age of participants, mode of propulsion, crew size, and time allowed for construction, but all have one common goal: getting a boat made entirely of cardboard to go as fast as possible and stay afloat – ideally in one piece!

In a nod to the inherent silliness, the judges have provided many ways to win. There is the ‘Rah Rah! Award’, given for the most spirited team (measured by decibels), as well as the Titanic Award for the most epic sinking display, and the Judges’ Award, determined by the largest ‘bribe’ (all ‘bribes’ will go to charity).