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Viking 200 Cardboard Boat Challenge

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Saturday August 5, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, August 6, 2017) 

Sundancers Restaurant, 116 Main Street, Rte 28, West Dennis, MA

9:00 am racers registration
10:00 am crowds look at boats
11:00 am and they're off! Let the racing begin!
The Viking 200 challenges local businesses, organizations, and individuals to build a boat entirely out of cardboard, duct tape, glue, caulking and paint, stick two people in it, and race around a 200 (give or take) yard course on the Bass River, for fabulous prizes, really cool trophies, and above all, bragging rights to the much coveted Viking Cup and Rubber Ducky Trophy. That honor will be defended this year by last years reigning champions.
There are also many other distinctive awards; Best Design, Most Outrageous, Best Team Spirit, Most Artistic, Best Boat Name, Largest Crew and the Andrea Doria Award for the Most Spectacular Sinking. If you’re going down do it with enthusiasm.
Don’t let this Adventure of a Lifetime pass you by!
Sign up now to get involved and compete in this awesome event.
For more info call Captain Viking Mike Leyden, 508-272-2937.
We’ll see you there!
Special thanks to: 
     - Barbo's Furniture, Dennisport, for cardboard and building supplies, 
     - Maytag, South Yarmouth, for cardboard and building supplies
     - Terry Clen, Harbormaster
     - All assistant Harbormasters
     - Cape Cod Sail & Power Squadron
     - Merlin Copy Service
     - Howlin' Don Howell, Master of Ceremonies
     - Michael Rylander, for his tireless behind the scenes support
     - Gary, and the wonderful folks at Sundancers


Design is only limited by your imagination and materials listed below.
1.  Cardboard: corrugated cardboard or carpet tubing. No waxed or treated cardboard (simple
     test: if it falls apart at the mere mention of water that's the stuff you want).
2.  Duct tape or packing tape
3.  Glue: only one part. No two part apoxies. What works well: construction adhesive, contact
     cement and Elmer's glue.
4.  Caulking; silicone works well
5.  Paint; latex works great. No two part paints, rubberized or oil based, as oil based will
     dissolve cardboard before it dries. 
Not allowed: anything other than listed above. No wood, metal, plastic, sona tubes, waxed cardboard or foam.

The Viking race committee will check all entrants and may check the hull with the dreaded ice pick probe test.
Propulsion: (what makes the boat move around in the water) paddles, oars, etc. No sails, motors, paddlewheels, poles, ropes, or help from anyone outside of crew on entered boat.
Crew: each boat must hold at least a crew of two (crew must be human. Positive ID required). Crew must be in vessel; no pushing or swimming alongside vessel.

  • All crew must be registered and signed in before judging at 10:00 am.
  • Largest crew must be registered and signed in by 10:00 am; the number of crew registered will be the number of crew used by the judges to qualify the team for the Largest Crew Award.
  • All participants must wear Coast Guard approved life preservers.
  • All participants must wear sneakers or appropriate water shoes.
  • No boat is allowed to have a closed cockpit or canopy or any obstruction that would impede getting free of vessel should it sink.  
Removal of any boats that may by chance meet their demise will be removed in its entirety by its crew and pit team and may be helped by any bystanders who may take pity upon them. The sunken craft must be removed from water and premises at end of race.
Actual race course to be determined race day. Expect to round a few markers.
All entrants are more than welcome (encouraged) to write a 20 to 30 second ad introducing their business, group or organization that will be read with great enthusiasm by emcee Captain "Howlin' Don" Howell just before the racer starts his heat and will be reread at the end of the racers heat.

Schedule for Race Day

9:00 - 9:30 am
- check in and staging of all entrants. All skippers and crews must sign in and sign a liability waiver. Those under age 18 must have parent or guardian sign waiver. All those signed in are eligible for awards and fabulous prizes.
9:30 - meet the emcee, Captain "Howlin' Don" Howell  You are welcome to come up and introduce yourself and shake hands with this living legend who some consider the emcee of emcees.
9:45 am - Captains Meeting - by Sundancers deck
10:00 am - Public Viewing of all boats and meet the crews Judging - our panel of world renowned, internationally recognized, board certified (the only ones who would volunteer) judges will be inspecting and making notes on the following categories: 

    1.  Best Design 
    2.  Most Outrageous           
    3.  Best Team Spirit (ie: costumes of crew and pit crew and overall excitement)
    4.  Most Artistic
    5.  Best Boat Name
    6.  Largest Crew
11:00 am - And They're Off! Let the Races Begin! All the racers will be racing against the clock for Best Time. If time permits any racer that survives the first round may challenge another boat to a match where they can run against the clock or side by side where Pirate Rules will apply.
12:45 - 1:00 pm - Award Presentation 
#1 The Viking Cup (fastest time). Also to be presented will be the perpetual award and must be defended the next year, the infamous Rubber Duckie Trophy (obviously if you win this you are trying way too hard). Second and Third place awards, First place award for crew under age 14. Andrea Doria award for Most Spectacular Sinking; if you are going down, do it in style. Enthusiasm wins. Largest Crew Award (step up to the challenge). And all 10:00 am judged awards will be presented. All entrants who have signed in will receive participation appreciation certificates suitable for framing.

Thank you for coming and taking part of this Experience of a Lifetime (which is held every year). 

Check out Cardboard Boat photos of past races!

Complete the Cardboard Boat Registration form to be a part of the experience of a lifetime! 
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