Setting Sail for Fun! Hollywood’s Cardboard Boat Race Brings Smiles 

In 2008, The Cardboard Boat Race in Hollywood was created to bring the community together for a fun family-friendly event while showcasing the City of Hollywood Marina’s facility and amenities. The festivities were initially organized by the marina staff, but within three years the race grew, and the Hollywood Special Events team was brought in to share the responsibility while the Marina then transitioned to become a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. This year’s event took place on October 14th and was the biggest ever!

The annual event at the Hollywood Marina continues to grow due to the support of participation from many community organizations, increased promotion for the event to outside agencies, schools and community groups, conservationists, activists, public figures, and of course, boat-loving residents. 

During the first 3-4 hours, participants got into the competitive spirit by constructing a boat out of cardboard on-site for their team. They may also be constructed off-site, but competitors find it more exciting to design, construct, paint, and name their vessels with their fellow mates all in an effort to win the title in the many fun categories. But it’s the coveted trophy that everyone paddles for.

“We had over 60 boats registered to be in the race this year! It was a lot of fun and everyone had a fantastic time,” said Tyrone Gordon, City of Hollywood Special Events Coordinator.

Awards were presented in a number of categories. This year’s awards include Most Creative, Most Spectacular Sinking, Fastest Vessel, Best Team Spirit, and the sought-after “People’s Choice” award.

 “The Cardboard Boat Race is a fantastic community event that brings friends and families, area schools, clubs and organizations, and land lovers together for an exciting day of good-natured racing competition on the water,” added Gordon.