Clermont Cardboard Classic

When: August 4, 2018
Where: Clermont Waterfront Park – Clermont, FL
    • Each person registers as an individual. Only the “on the water” crew members register
    • All registered crew members must sign a waiver
    • All on the water crew members must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD
    • All registered entries receive a T-Shirt coupon redeemable day of event ($15.00 value)
    • Additional T-shirts and other items will be available for sale during the event
Divisions & Fees
    • Tadpole: Ages 5 to 9 $15.00 each person
    • Guppy: Ages 10 to 14 $15.00 each person
    • Dolphins: Ages 15 to 20 $20.00 each person
    • Whales: Ages 21 and over $25.00 each person
Note – For Tadpole and Guppy entries, each boat is allowed one adult “safety spotter” in the water as long as they do not assist with the floatation or movement of the boat.
Race Line up (To be determined and posted July 30th based on registered entries) Races will be set using a number of factors. Factors may include:
  • Age of crew
  • Number of crew
  • Type of group – Youth, Non-Profit, Corporate, etc.
Schedule is Tentative, race start time may change based on number of entries. Race times will finalize on July 30th at close of registration.

8/3 Friday
4:00 PM Check in opens at First Friday downtown Clermont.
5:30 – 9:00 PM Teams are encouraged to display their boats during First Friday Food Truck Night.

8/4 Saturday
12:00 PM Food Trucks & Vendors open for business
12:00 – 3:00 PM Team final prep time & spectator voting
2:45 PM Voting Stops
3:00 PM Beer Garden opens for business
3:00 – 5:30 PM Cardboard boat races
5:30 – 6:00 PM Awards
6:00 PM Band starts “Switch back to the 80’s”
8:30 PM Beer garden last call & close
9:00 PM Band ends
9:00 – 10:00 PM Site clean up

Boat Building Rules

  1. The ENTIRE boat must be built from cardboard. Paddles can be manufactured and made of any material.
  2. Duct tape may be used on any part of or all of the boat.
  3. Corrugated cardboard, carpet tubes, cardboard blocks can be found at recycling centers, appliance stores, department stores, discount clubs, electronics stores. Pre-treated cardboard such as waxed cardboard is allowed.
  4. All paint & varnished cardboard must be cured prior to boat launch.
  5. Fastening material must be from approved product list (see below). Hull wrapping in duct tape is allowed.
  6. Decorations are allowed and encouraged provided they are not used as
    structural or floatation elements.
  7. Crew costumes are encouraged.
  8. Design is left to builder(s). Let your imagination take over. NO wood, plastic, rubber, inflatable devices, styrofoam, fiberglass or plastic. NO two-part/mixed adhesives, epoxy mixtures or coatings are allowed. NO electrical, gasoline, benzene, propane or other chemical or electrical propulsion systems are permitted.
  9. NO surfboard style boat or raft is allowed. Boats must have sides.
  10. The crew compartment CANNOT be enclosed so as to interfere with escape.
  11. Each boat must carry a closed gallon plastic jug (or PFD) with 15’ rope tether firmly secured to the vessel. Gallon jugs (or PFD) are to remain inside boat while racing, they are not to be used as floatation for the vessel. This is for use in locating and retrieving any sunken remains.
  12. All participants must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD (life jacket). 
  13. Paddles – Manufactured paddles of any material can be used.


Approved Construction Materials
  • Corrugated Cardboard, Carpet Tubes, Cardboard Blocks
  • All Tape
  • Newspaper
  • All Single Part Glues
  • Liquid Nail
  • Paint, Varnish, & Shellac
  • Caulking
Unapproved Construction Materials
  • Nails and Staples
  • 2 Part Epoxy Glues
  • Flexseal
  • Wood, Plastic, Rubber, Styrofoam, & Fiberglass
  • Inflatable Devices

Before Building & Building Tips

The Rotary Club of Cape Coral has held cardboard races for many years and their site is full of great information. All of us at Lake County Rowing are fortunate to have the blessings of Cape Coral Rotary Club for our 2018 inaugural Clermont Cardboard Classic.

Helpful Links: YouTube has numerous videos to help you design a competitive boat. Here are a few to help you get started but there are many more.
** Special Note** – These videos may or may not comply with Clermont Cardboard Classic rules. It is up to you to interpret these instructions in a manner that meets the requirements of the Clermont Cardboard Classic.