It doesn’t take place for more than a month, but if you’re planning to enter Fort Leonard Wood’s annual Cardboard Boat Race, now is a good time to sign up.
The race will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the lake at Training Area 250. Teams will attempt to be the first to paddle cardboard boats they design and build themselves around a buoy and back to shore.
“It’s free to enter, and (teams) can register (now) online at the FMWR website,” said LoraLee Newbeck with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Activities Office.
The competition will take place in two divisions: the Adult division will feature participants ages 18 and older, while the Family division must have at least one participant ages 17 or younger in the boat.
Awards will be presented in three categories for both divisions.
“We have the High Seas Award for the most spirited team, the Admiral’s Pride Award for the most creative design and the Torpedo Award for the (boat) with the fastest time that successfully crosses the finish line while still afloat,” Newbeck said.
All boat construction must be completed prior to race day. Teams also must follow the Cardboard Boat Race Building Rules, which specify:
— Only corrugated cardboard may be used. It can be of any thickness but must not be bonded to any other material, such as vinyl. Non-corrugated material may not be used, especially the kind of resin or wax-type of coating found in packing cases. No solid cardboard or carpet-roll tubes may be used.
— Wood, metal, styrofoam or other materials that would aid in flotation or make the hull rigid are prohibited. The restriction applies to the keel, transom, ribs, hull, etc.
— No material, such as styrofoam or rubber-inflation devices, may be used to provide buoyancy or maintain flotation. No sandbags or similar materials may be used for ballast.
— Hulls may be painted with any “one-part water-based” paint. No epoxy glues, fiberglass resins or multi-part varnishes or paints may be used. Hulls may not be wrapped in plastic, duct tape or anything else. Tar-based substances, like roof coatings, are not permitted.
— Joints and seams may be glued and/or taped. Duct tape, contact cement, rubber cement, Liquid Nails and water sealer, like Thompson’s, may be used. No nails, metal or wood fasteners or staples may be used in the construction of the boat (small amounts may be used for removable decoration only).
— Vessels are subject to inspection and may be disqualified for violations of the general rules.
— Each boat must have a designated captain, plus one crew member for a total of two participants per boat.
— Each crew member must wear a life jacket. Each crew will be allowed to use two paddles, which will be provided. No other method of propulsion can be used.
“We will provide all floatation vests and oars — they don’t have to bring those if they don’t want to,” Newbeck said.
For more information about the race, visit https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/cardboard-boat-race/3311156/40750 or call the Community Activities Office at 573.596.6913.