Cardboard Boat Regatta, Cape Coral, Florida

Looking back while moving forward – As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back.

Among pandemic’s victims is Cape Coral’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which had been scheduled in April; it would have been the 25th event in 26 years [It was cancelled once because the bay in which it was to be held was polluted.].

Somewhat like similar events in other parts of the country, anyone can participate by building boats using only cardboard, glue, tape and paint.  Materials which would aid flotation are prohibited as are decorations that might help keep the boat together.

Boats are built by everyone: families, students, clubs, neighbors, and businesses.

And yes, a lot of the boats sink.  Maybe that is why as many as three thousand spectators will line the shores to watch the event.  Or maybe it is just fun.

As sports fans often say, “wait until next year.”

Click on photos to enlarge.

Date of our visit: 3 Jun 2006

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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10 Responses to Cardboard Boat Regatta, Cape Coral, Florida

  1. JohnRH says:

    Ha! What a riot!

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  2. What a fun event! It’s so eccentric it could almost be British!

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  3. Rosemary Lakin says:

    Fun stuff.

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  4. I have seen such races. A lot of work goes in to those boats but the people have a lot of fun.

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  5. neelstoria says:

    That must be so much fun! Are these boats of a usual size, i mean when a man can sit or are they just replica boats?

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  6. Blue sky, sun, water, good mood… And yes, it’s fun.

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  7. Sounds like a lot of fun to me, Ray. A real call for creativity. Do they advertise it: “Bring lots of cardboard and a PFD life jacket! 🙂 –Curt

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  8. pedmar10 says:

    Nice event that like most is cancelled, I have family living in Cape Coral and they are sad of the restrictions. Cheers

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