Get Ready for
The 15th Annual Cardboard Boat Race:
Join the fun with Hudson Crossing Park’s 15th annual Cardboard Boat Race! Held every year at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, NY, the Cardboard Boat Race is a fun and creative community day on the Hudson River. Participants are invited to base their boat design off of this year’s theme: “Cosmic Cardboard”. Challenge friends, family, co-workers…and let’s see who wins one of the coveted awards: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for speed, the Titanic Award, Most Enthusiastic Crew, Judges Bribe Award (“Bribes” are considered donations to Hudson Crossing Park), People’s Choice, Overall Best in Show, and Most Sailors Left Afloat!
Where to Begin?
Believe it or not, there are lots of online resources for building a cardboard boat that will stay afloat!
We highly suggest you spend some time googling ideas to see what others have tried…and sometimes failed…to keep above water. Then you can:
1. Decide what class you’d like to enter. It can be one or more - you decide!
2. Gather your supplies - or, if you’re going to build the day of the races, show up early and snag the best cardboard! Appliance and “big box” stores (pun intended) are often more than willing to give you their scrap corrugated cardboard. We also suggest that you have plenty of duck/packing tape to seal your boat with. Check the Official Rules and Regulations packet (click the button below) or scroll down for what materials are acceptable in the Cardboard and 100% Recyclable Boat Classes.
3. Unleash your inner designer! Draw up the best boat you can imagine and start building!
Basic Rules for Racing
Be SAFE and have FUN!
Participants must be 7 years old or up to set sail alone.
All sailors MUST wear Coast-Guard approved personal floatation devices. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN!
Registration release forms must be signed by participant, parent, or legal guardian over the age of 18.
No sharp objects on board vessels.
Any boat deemed unsafe to others (or to the river) will be disqualified.
Paint, if used, must be dry before launching. Water based paint only - no oil based.
Boats may be pre-built or built on-site. All boats will compete within the appropriate class.
The “cabin” of the boat (where the crew sits) may not be enclosed above shoulder height.
Boats, boat parts, and debris must be completely removed from the river and park.
Crews must take recyclable boats with them. Cardboard boats may be left on-site for removal by Hudson Crossing Park volunteers. Please place in appropriate designated area.
Pre-built 100% Recyclable
Kids Paddle (7-12 year old sailors only)
Built On-site on Race Day: Cardboard
Built On-site on Race Day: 100% Recyclable
Boat with the Most Sailors (min. of 3 to compete in this class)
Individual & Family: $20 per sailor ($50 Maximum Per Boat)
Small Business/Non-Profit: $40/Boat
Acceptable Materials for Boats Entered in the Cardboard Classes:
Acceptable Materials for Boats Entered in the 100% Recyclable Classes:
Almost anything goes - as long as it’s not dangerous or polluting! Materials cannot have been part of a real boat or floatation toy/device in any previous form. You CAN use soda bottles, milk jugs, plastic sleds, plastic swimming pools…use your imagination! And of course, your must recycle your boat and all materials once the race is over!
Save Time the Day of the Races!
Download and fill out your paperwork to bring with you!
This event is sponsored in part by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation.