You know those Red Bull Flugtag events with cool-looking, potentially aquatic and/or aerial contraptions that are launched with much fanfare and violent aplomb into the water? Yes? Well, this is nothing like it. Hollywood Marina's Cardboard Boat Race is way more hard-core and potentially more of a maritime disaster than that Day-Glo event. This cardboard race is as legit a DIY event as they come. Teams of three or more are encouraged to appear and sign up at the marina by 8 a.m., at which time the boat-building begins, because in order to race by 1 p.m., you must build your "floatable" onsite. They'll supply the cardboard; you bring the duct tape (the handyman's secret weapon!), paint, and creativity.
The best part of this race is that you don't win by "completing" a course. No, while there is a "finish" line somewhere in the North Lake, it's really all about survival, with the last boat to be "rescued" declared the winner. Boats that are built offsite can be brought in, but they will participate in a different race. You can register by calling 954-921-3035 or sign up at the marina early; the race is limited to 30 boats. There will be free refreshments and hot dogs, perfect fuel for the amateur boat builder on a budget -- but remember what mother said about swimming on a full stomach.
The Cardboard Boat Race will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hollywood Marina, 700 Polk St. in Hollywood. For complete rules, fees, and registration, call 954-921-3035 or visit hollywoodfl.org.
Sat., Oct. 18, 1 p.m., 2014