Comedy for a good cause at cardboard boat races


By Barb McKay

A new event has been added to the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival that organizers hope will float your boat – or preferably, sink it.

The first Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held Aug. 27 in support of the Kincardine Community Fund. The event is open to anyone age five years and older and there are categories for children, teams of up to two ‘sailors’, business teams and teams of three or more. The event will take place at Station Beach during the Marine Heritage Festival, which runs from Aug. 26-28.

“The Kincardine Community Fund hopes that the cardboard boat race will become an annual event,” Community Fund committee member Andrew White said.“It will be a great crowd pleaser, and also fun and exciting for the participants, young and old. We are also hoping for some fierce competition and the associated bragging rights from our community group, business and corporate entries.”

Boats can be constructed out of corrugated cardboard or carpet tubing, but cannot be treated with wax or any waterproof material. Duct tape or packing tape can be used, but applied to seams only. As the boat race rules state: “If it falls apart at the mere mention of water, that’s the stuff you want.”

All participants must wear lifejackets.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Kincardine Community Fund.

“The purpose of the Kincardine Community Fund is to support nonprofit organizations and their integral work within our municipality,” White said.“The money raised, donated and bequeathed to the fund is held in perpetuity; only the revenue from its investment is given out, while the original money stays intact.  This ensures a steady revenue stream from which to grant recipients on a semiannual basis.”

To be able to make the most impact to the projects and services taken on by our municipality's hard-working volunteers, growth of the fund is of utmost importance during its infancy, White added.

“The committee that oversees the fund believes that making everyone aware of its existence, and its potential support of organizations that are often in economic hardship, is pivotal to its success.  The Community Fund committee is working hard on several initiatives, including the cardboard boat race, which we hope will bolster both the fund and awareness regarding it.”

For more information, or to register, call 519-396-3458 ext. 7113 or email