This event centers around a boat race that challenges individuals and teams to construct boats using primarily cardboard and duct tape. Race participants will need to get into their homemade boats and sail across the Ithaca Yacht Club harbor on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. Community members are invited to attend as boat-builders or spectators. This event is the only one of its kind for Tompkins County.
The Cardboard Boat Race is a fun and creative way to support Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca whether you’re a master boat builder or prefer to stay on land. The Cardboard Boat Race is meant to inspire boat teams to work together, employing creativity and ingenuity, to get their boat to cross the finish line, and land lovers will be able to cheer on their favorite boat from the shore. The event is truly meant to bring us all together around a common cause and participating in the day is sure to leave you feeling inspired. All will be able to enjoy a beautiful day by the lake with friends and family, great food, drinks, and music. What better way to end the summer!
Includes entry for two crew members. Additional crew/team members will need to purchase individual tickets.
Boat registration for youths aged 8-13 is FREE thanks to event sponsor Tompkins Trust Company
Boat registration for high school students and groups is FREE thanks to event sponsors True Insurance and Warren Real Estate
(Additional crew/team members should also purchase this ticket for admission)
(Children ages 4-18. Free admission for children under four)
Family Tickets include admission for two adults and all children (ages 4-18) in the same household. Admission is free for children under 4.
Boat Arrival and Registration from 1:00 – 1:30 PM
Boats are on display for judging and inspection from 1:30-2:30 PM
Captain’s Meeting for rules and instructions at 2:00 PM
Official Welcome for participants and attendees at 2:15 PM
Races will begin at 2:30 PM
Award Ceremony immediately following the final race at 3;30 PM
Closing Remarks from the Executive Director at 4:oo PM
100 percent of proceeds from this event will go directly to the services provided to the community by Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (F&CS). F&CS is committed to providing services to anyone who seeks them by accepting all insurance types and regardless of their ability to pay.
Yes! All are welcome to participate in boat building or come as spectators. If you plan to build a boat, you will need to register your boat by August 30, 2021. Click here to register your boat or get your ticket to attend: REGISTRATION.
Team sizes are unlimited! Your boat registration includes admission for two crew members, however, each team member beyond that will be required to purchase an individual spectator ticket at $50. The spectator ticket includes food catered by Luna and one free drink ticket.
You might be able to obtain corrugated cardboard from appliance stores. The shipping boxes for refrigerators and big freezers can be good possibilities. Lowes, Home Depot, Ikea, and stores that sell large items like TVs, bedding, bookcases, and other furniture are all good options, too.
Yes! Five awards will be distributed at the end of the event, which will be determined by our judges. The categories for the awards are:
Wet cardboard is very heavy! So, we will have volunteers at the end of the race to help your team remove your boat from the water at the finish line. Dumpsters will be provided. If your boat comes apart at the seams make sure to remove all boat materials from the lake before you leave.