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Bayfront Maritime Center's Third Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Bayfront Maritime Center

40 Holland Street
Erie, PA 16507
United States

The Bayfront Maritime Center is hosting the 3rd annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, part of the weekend-long Small Boat Festival.  BMC's Small Boat Festival, August 17th – 19th, includes the Presque Isle Bay Messabout, a celebration of antique, traditional and contemporary hand crafted boats and the 3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

The 3rd annual Cardboard Boat Regatta is a chance for families, students, friends and co-workers to build and race boats made from cardboard, paint, tape and glue.

Teams compete in categories including:

  • Fastest Time in each age group: adult (18+), teen (12-18) and youth (Under 12).
  • Most Creative
  • Most Dramatic Sinking
  • Crowd Favorite   

Entry fee is $30 before July 15th and $40 after July 15th.  Registration starts at 9:30 am, exhibition and judging of contestants begins at 10:00, and racing will commence at noon.  See construction, registration, race rules, and event details as well as photos from 2011 by visiting Everyone is encouraged to build a cardboard boat, sponsor a team and cheer on local racers at this family friendly event!

For more about the Cardboard Regatta or the Presque Isle Bay Messabout and sponsorship information, visit, email, or call 814-456-4077. 

The Bayfront Maritime Center has been part of the Perry 200 Celebration through developing paper models of Perry's rowing gig for second grade students to construct in three Erie School district schools. These models were developed by Bayfront Alternative Education students and staff. 

The mission of the Bayfront Maritime Center is to develop and implement unique, hands-on, maritime themed, educational, vocational and recreational opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility.  Since 1998, BMC has worked with over 14,000 children and adults to sail, paddle and build 89 boats.  It is home to the Bayfront Alternative Education Program for the School District of the City of Erie in collaboration with Sarah A. Reed Children's Center. BMC hosts the award winning Bayfront Migrant IU5/ESD Summer Program and Pennsylvania's only adaptive sailing program, the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE). 

Saturday, 18 August, 2012


Rich Eisenberg

Phone: 814-456-4077
Website: Click to Visit


$30 before July 15th

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