The Cardboard Boat Regatta is one of most fun and wackiest of the Cape Coral festivals.
It takes place on April 22, 2017 at Bimini Basin in Four Freedoms Park, off of Cape Coral Parkway, right behind Ice Sssscreamin Ice Cream Shop.
The festivities begin on a Friday with delivery of the boats and a party with music where you can meet the boat builders, VIP dinner, see the boats displayed and awards are given out.
On Saturday, the regatta begins at 11AM and go until about 2PM, raindate is Sunday. The festival is free but expect to pay a $5 donation for parking. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket, hats and sunscreen.
You can even vote for your favorite boat, awards are given at a final ceremony after the races.
And yes, the boats are really made out of cardboard ...... and a lot of paint!
Some of them barely made it through the finish line .... but most of them were surprisingly quite seaworthy .... or at least strong enough for the short zig-zaggy race course.
Teams of families, youth groups, individuals, clubs, organizations, and employees can all participate in the fun.
There were small boats made by kids all the way up to larger, fancier ones.
Two boats raced at a time for each heat. My favorite race was between a boat called the Ragin' Cajun and FGCU's - Florida Gulf Coast University's - engineering department.
Ragin' Cajun's team was sporting long hair and overalls while FGCU wore Viking garb, and I heard they used coats and coats of liquid nails to waterproof their boat.
Watch the video below to find out who won, FGCU is the Viking boat with the blue and white striped sail:
You can also challenge friends and neighbors to race you by using cardboard boats provided by the Cape Coral Rotary Club.
The festival has food, crafts, and t-shirt vendors, a children's playground and blow-up slide.
Dock Dogs competitions sometimes take place at the festival ...... you won't want to miss it.
For instructions on how to build a cardboard boat, find out race results, and get more information, go to the Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta website.
Related Pages to Cardboard Boat Regatta
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Cape Coral Irish Festival
Taste of the Cape
Sounds of Jazz and Blues Festival
Viva Cape Coral
Great American Picnic
Red, White, and Boom
Local Dog Show
Peace Day in the Park
Columbus Day Parade
Cape Coral Oktoberfest
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Christmas Boat Parade
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