Cardboard Boat Racing

July 13th, 2011 Permalink

This week the Engineering Society held a cardboard boat race for the first time in recent history.  The only rules of this competition were that you had to create a boat made of only cardboard and duct tape.  In doing a bit of research online, many of the more serious competitions allow the use of […]

This week the Engineering Society held a cardboard boat race for the first time in recent history.  The only rules of this competition were that you had to create a boat made of only cardboard and duct tape.  In doing a bit of research online, many of the more serious competitions allow the use of latex paint, which adds a layer of sealing on the cardboard so it doesn’t get soggy as fast but we were determined to make a solid boat.  The competition was very popular and many teams put a great deal of effort, into their costumes, decorations and design.  My team consisting of myself and two classmates had other things to worry about during the weeks leading up to the event, so when I found a large freight cardboard box, in the hallway outside of one of our labs, it became our boat.  A little bit of sealing with duct tape and a small ammount of decoration saw our boat ready to race.

The competition was broken into three categories: decoration and presentation, the actual race and a weight competition.  There were a few notable teams, when it came to the decoration contest including a team from Nanotechnology which decided to make a double hull Pokemon themed boat with all members of the team dressing up like water Pokemon.  There was a hobo Viking team and one boat comprised of ninjas.  Judging was done before the race and was conducted by all of the teams in the competition.  The next phase was the race itself, we dragged out boats to the swimming pool on campus and launched our boats for an epic three lengths of the pool.  Our boat was big enough for two people and so I cheered on from the sidelines and grabbed some action shots of our team.  We finished the race with very little water in the inside of our boat, which means our sealing job worked well.  With only two people we were not the fastest boat in the water but due to the solid construction many of the faster boats sunk before completing the course.  We finished second behind the two large nano boats that started off attached and separated mid race.

The next phase of the competition was the weight competition.  Being a two seater boat, we didn’t really expect to do that well in it, but a solid 4 people managing to fit in before sinking was pretty solid, despite the relatively small size of our boat.

All in all, everyone had a great time and I got some pretty great photos.  Check them out below, I look forward to trying this again in 8 months time.

CardBoard Boat Racing CardBoard Boat Racing CardBoard Boat Racing CardBoard Boat Racing CardBoard Boat Racing

Leave a Reply

*
= 3 + 2

Bad Behavior has blocked 7 access attempts in the last 7 days.