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IVY Club cardboard boat race
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UPDATE: The second annual cardboat boat race was a wonderful time and a great success! More than $2,200 was raised for the Central Illinois Chapter's programs and services. Congratulations to the following winners:

Best in Show: 1. Titanic 2. Woodstock 3. Margaritaville
Race winners: 1. Toga to Go 2. Polar Plungers 3. Margaritaville

CLICK HERE to read an article on the race by the Peoria Journal Star.Well, that's a wrap. We'll see you next year!

IVY Club to host Cardboard Boat Race

Join us for a day of whimsy during the IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at the club, 5102 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter.

Each craft must be built by exacting guidelines, but the most important rule of all is this: The entire boat must be built entirely of cardboard. Complete race rules (and they are an entertaining read) can be found below.
Presentation and display will begin on the front lawn of the IVY Club at noon. Racing begins at 2 p.m. The registration cost per boat is $50. Prizes will be given out for first, second and third place in the race and first, second and third place in show (display).
The IVY Club will have sandwiches and drinks for sale throughout the contest. The club’s north harbor will be shut down between noon and 4 p.m. for racing. Please contact the harbormaster for any slip assignments in the south harbor.
To register, send your name and contact information, plus registration fee, to Paul Kelly, IVY Club, 5012 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616. If paying by check, please make it payable to the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter.


Rules for cardboard boat race 2012

  1. The entire boat must be built of cardboard.
  2. Cardboard may be as thick as you want and may be layered together.
  3. Cardboard carpet tubes or similar tubes may be used. "Sono-tubes" or any other
    type if pre-treated or coated cardboard that has been processed in such a way
    as to waterproof the cardboard may NOT be used.
  4. Duct tape, masking tape, wood glue, or contact cement may be used. Metal or
    plastic staples, clamps, nails, screws, etc, may NOT be used.
  5. Boats may be painted with a water based paint or water sealer, like Thompson's
    Water Seal Stain. All paint and stain must be dry before the boat enters the
    water. Tar, wax, silicone, fiberglass resins, epoxy glues, or Styrofoam are
  6. Raft style designs may be used, but surfboard-style designs may NOT!! The
    distinguishing features of a raft design over that of a surfboard is the use of
    connected cardboard logs. 100% of crew members must be inside or on top
    of your boat. Where the crew sits may not be enclosed. The boat crew must be
    able to get IN and out of the boat easily.
  7. The propulsion system may NOT be motor power, or "kick power. Any oars or
    paddles may be made out of any material.
  8. No electrical power sources will be allowed on any boat once in contact with the
  9. Life Jackets must be worn during the race.
  10. Each team is responsible for disposing of their boat after the race.
  11. Only the pilots and one crewmember will be allowed on the dock prior to the start 
    of the race.

If there is any doubt about the construction, the judges reserve the right to use
a probe, suck as an ice pick, to test and verify that only cardboard has been
used. Construction violations discovered during any part of the day shall be
cause for elimination.


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