Forsyth Tech Celebrates its Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Just as the Swallows’ Return to Capistrano…  Forsyth Tech Celebrates its Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

WINSTON-SALEM (April 18, 2010) – Mechanical Engineering students from Forsyth Tech will compete in their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m. at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek.

Nine teams of two students each will compete in the event, which has been held annually for more than 30 years. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. Students must design and construct boats from nothing more than corrugated cardboard, duct tape, liquid nails and waterproof paint. The boats must be able to survive a motorized journey to and from a buoy in the lake, with the student designers as crew, and return safe and dry to the shore.

In the event of rain, the Regatta will be held Friday, April 30, rain or shine.