It’s Official—Spring Has Arrived: Forsyth Tech Holds Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

(Winston-Salem, N.C.)Second-year Mechanical Engineering Technology students from Forsyth Tech will compete in their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 25 from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek off of Rt. 158 East.

Eight teams of two students each will compete in the event, which has been a Forsyth Tech tradition for close to 40 years. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. Students apply what they have learned in their program of study to designing, engineering and building

They 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 quarter-mile water journey to and from a buoy in the lake, with the student designers as crew, and return safe and dry to the shore.  Students have the option to use a small motor to propel their craft through the water.

This rain date for this event is Friday, May 2, rain or shine.

The media is encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech ( provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers: associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study; programs that promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars; and customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.  


Forsyth Tech Mechanical Engineering Technology students serve as their own crew as they maneuver a boat made from cardboard around Belews Creek.