Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the money raised from this event go?

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Our aim is to provide TEEN Mental Health First Aid Program to every secondary student in the Bayside area and proceeds from the Regatta will support this fantastic cause

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How will money be raised?

Some funding has been provided by the Bayside City Council, Rotary Clubs and from our main sponsor Community Bank Highett. Your support through gaining sponsorship for your boat and team from family and friends will be a huge help in raising more much needed funds to improve the mental health of young people in the Bayside area.

How many people can be on my boat team?

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There is a maximum number of 6 paddlers on any one boat

Can anybody participate?

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Yes! All are welcome to participate in boat building or come as spectators.


What should I consider before building my boat?

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Start by making a plan! Will your boat have a theme? Or maybe you’re just looking to have the fastest boat and not interested in adding any frills.

  • Build a model using a manila folder or other heavy paper or lightweight cardboard.
  • Most teams utilise engineering and design principles. There’s a simple principle in physics, which says that the total buoyant force is equal to the weight of the water displaced by the object. This buoyant force should be distributed evenly across the area of the object. Otherwise the boat bends in half when you get in it and water pours in. Calculate the displacement of your boat so you will have some idea about the buoyancy of your design.
  • Be sure that your boat will be able to get out of the door of wherever you build it.
  • Google cardboard and plastic recyclable boats and you will find a lot of instructions and examples on how to build your boat.

What materials can I use to build my boat?

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  • Boats can only be made of recyclable materials, tape, glue, paint, wax, and/or rope.
  • We will supply paddles and life jackets courtesy of the 1st/14th Brighton Sea Scouts
  • Any additional and unapproved materials will cause disqualification of the boat and you will not be refunded.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO WOOD, NAILS, SCREWS, OR STYROFOAM FILLER. Your boat will be disqualified and you will not be refunded. These materials are a danger to anyone in the water when they come apart.

Where can I find materials to build my boat?

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You might be able to obtain corrugated cardboard from appliance stores. The shipping boxes for refrigerators and big freezers can be good possibilities. Harvey Norman, bulk electrical stores that sell large appliances, Ikea, and stores that sell large items like TVs, bedding, bookcases, and other furniture are all good options, too.

Collect your own recyclable plastics and don’t forget friends as a source.

Will there be prizes?

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Yes! Five awards will be distributed at the end of the event, which will be determined by our judges. The total prize money will be more that $1,500 The categories for the awards are:

  • Fastest Elapsed Time
  • Fastest Elapsed Time Youth Bracket
  • People’s Choice Best Boat
  • Most Spectacular Sinking

What will I do with my boat after the race?

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Wet cardboard is very heavy! So, we will have volunteers at the end of the race to help your team remove your boat from the water at the finish line. Recycling bins will be provided. If your boat comes apart at the seams make sure to remove all boat materials from the water before you leave.

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