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Cardboard Boat Races

When: Sep 1, 2014
Campus Recreation's Superior Adventures hosts its fourth annual Cardboard Boat Races!

Cardboard Boat Races challenge teams to build a boat made of cardboard that navigate an obstacle course on the waters off Barkers Island on race day at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.

The course consists of two segments designated by buoys.  A minimum of four people and a maximum of eight must be in the boat the entire race. 

Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) and paddles will be provided by Superior Adventures.  

How It Works
Points will be awarded for the Cardboard Boat Races based on the overall time of completing the course or the farthest distance covered before sinking. 

Additional points will be awarded for each team that has a boat decorated to support UW-Superior School Spirit. 

General Info
Race spots are limited. 

Boat construction begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 30, in the Marcovich Wellness Center Mezzanine.

Races begin 2 p.m. Monday, September 1 at Barkers Island. The MWC pool will be the alternate site in case of rain or unsafe weather conditions.

Contact Superior Adventures at or 715-395-4604.


Cardboard Boat Races 2014 UW Superior


1.    Time Points will be awarded for the Cardboard Boat Races based on the overall time of the course completion, or the furthest distance covered before sinking.

2.    Additional Artistic points will be awarded for each team that has a boat decorated to support UW-Superior School Spirit. 

General Rules:

1.   Anytime a team member is in/on the water, a PFD must be worn.  A violation of this will result in a disqualification for the event at the discretion of the race director and judges. 

.     All team members who start the race must finish the race without leaving the interior of the boat in order to complete it.  If a team member exits the boat for any reason during the race, the team will be disqualified from the event.

3.   Decorated boats promoting irresponsible use of alcohol, using profanity or implying sexual or racial discrimination are not permitted.  Superior Adventures will disqualify any boats that are in violation of this rule. 

4.   Teams may only power their boats by the team members inside the boats using only paddles provided.

5.   Boats may not be enclosed above the shoulder of any team members participating.  Boat occupants must be visible at all times. 

6.   The boat may only be made of cardboard.  Glue, duct tape, epoxy, paint and caulking may be used for seams.  Paint may also be used for decorating, using only non-oil based paints.  Boats may not have any sharp points or edges and all decorations and other materials must be dried before competing, no exceptions.  We recommend 24 hours of drying time to ensure a dry boat. 

7.   All members participating in the race must be sober and not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.  Participants who may be suspected of violating this will not be allowed to participate.

8.   Only participants that are paddling will be allowed on the beach.  Spectators or organization members who are not participating in the Cardboard Boat Races must stay in the designated spectator area.

9.   All boats must remain on the course laid out by the Superior Outdoor Adventure Program.   Any attempt to paddle elsewhere will result in a disqualification from the races. 

10. Once a group has finished the race, participants must remove left-over cardboard debris from the water and beach area and take to the designated trash area.  Time will stop once all cardboard has been removed from the water.  Participants who fail to do so will be disqualified from the competition.

11. The races are limited to the first 15 boats to register.

Event Contact: Nathan Field | 715-395-4647 | nfiled1{atuws}

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