The challenge will be to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard around a marked course in Toms River off the Wildwood Pier in Ocean Gate. We know your thoughts, but a cardboard boat can float if you construct it wisely! Teams must have a minimum of one and a maximum of 4 sailors.
Race teams will be in four divisions: community/corporate, elementary/middle school-age youth, high school-age youth, and family.
The Cardboard Boat Challenge and Ocean Gate Day is a great opportunity for youth groups, scouts, civic clubs, families, and businesses to have fun together while enjoying a beautiful day on the bay. Teams construct their boats out of corrugated cardboard in advance and race around the designated course. The Regatta is open to participation from businesses, schools, youth groups, groups of friends, and non-profit organizations desiring to build a boat and participate. This wonderful team-building experience allows people to work together toward a common goal and have a lot of fun doing it.
*During the competition, the crew must be IN the boat, not towing it, holding it between their legs, swimming, or allowing the life jacket to float the vessel.
*NO pets can occupy a boat during competition.
*Throwing water on another boat is a reason for disqualification unless said water comes from the incidental splash of a paddle or other propulsive device.
*Contestants are expected to maintain the decorum and dignity expected of a yachtsman.
*Sunken or discarded boats must be disposed of in a designated trash receptacle.
Elementary /middle school-age youth Sailors (8 to 11 years)
High school-age youth Sailors (12 to 17 years)
Adult / Family Sailors (18 and Up)
Organization / Community / Corporate Sailors
Jay Marles Flagship Award - For the best-decorated team and boat
The Titanic Award - The Titanic Award is given to the team of the boat that sinks most spectacularly.
*8 Years-11 Years
*12 Years-12 Years
*18 Years and Up
*Organization / Community / Corporate
You can pick up registration forms at the Ocean Gate Police Headquarters or file them online at the bottom of this page.