The Riverhead Cardboard Boat Races set sail on August 13th


Cardboard boats will set sail – or not – on the Peconic River on Saturday, August 13 in Riverhead’s Cardboard Boat Races, a popular summertime event in downtown Riverhead since 2010.

Hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, the event features races, games and activities for all. There are four races that can be split into multiple heats depending on the number of boats: Youth Regatta, Yacht Club Regatta, Outlaw and Pirate Race. Awards and prizes are given to the first place finishers in each race, as well as awards for Best Ghost, Sinking of Titanic, Best Engineered and Most Creative.

Jukebox Heroes are working to stay afloat in the 2019 Cardboard Boat Races. File Photo: Denise Civiletti

Registration for the event will take place from 9am to 10:30am, followed by games and activities, announcements of rules and instructions, and a welcome speech.

The races start at 11 am and the awards ceremony takes place at the end of the races.

All boats must be made of only cardboard, tape, water-based glue and latex paint. Boats must be less than 33 feet and have a name on the boat. No mechanical drive, wood, metal, wax or sound tubes.

Competitors may use single-sided paddles of any material and must wear an approved personal flotation device, such as a life jacket, at all times.

The rainy date for the event is August 20th. For more information about the event, rules and directions, visit the Riverhead Downtown website.

RiverheadLOCAL photos from last year’s Cardboard Boat Races by Diane Tucci:

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