2023 Cardboard Boat Race

The fifth annual fundraiser to support high quality, accessible mental health care and social support services in Tompkins County at F&CS.

A fundraising event for Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Event Information

Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Family & Children's Service of Ithaca is proud to present our Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat RaceThe event will set sail on Sunday, September 10 from 1 PM - 4:30 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club, and all proceeds will go to furthering our mission. This event is the only of its kind for Tompkins County and we are thrilled to be at the helm. 

The event centers on a boat race that challenges teams to build boats created primarily from cardboard and duct tape that they will need to be able to get in and sail across the Ithaca Yacht Club harbor. Boats should be constructed ahead of time—teams can spend all summer perfecting a boat or an hour the night before—and will need to be registered by August 30. The Cardboard Boat Race is meant to inspire people to work together, employing creativity and ingenuity, to get their boat to cross the finish line. Land lovers can come and cheer on their favorite team while enjoying great food, music, and a day by the lake. 

Boat team sizes are unlimited, but additional crew members will be required to purchase a spectator ticket.

 Spectator admission is $25 for adults, $10 for kids, and $50 for a family (2 adults and all kids in a household) and includes delicious food catered by Luna. 

Prizes will be awarded for fastest elapsed time in each bracket, the CSP Management People's Choice for Best Boat (as selected by popular vote), and Most Spectacular Sinking. 

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is committed to providing the highest quality mental health and related social services to our entire communityand we hope you’ll join us in celebrating community mental health on September 10! We promise it’s going to be a day you won’t forget—so grab your life jacket and meet us at the Ithaca Yacht Club. 

Important note about parking: The Ithaca Yacht Club parking lot will be reserved for boaters on the day of the event. Spectator parking will be available on Glenwood Road, the lower lot of the Glenwood Pines Restaurant.
More details are available on our website at www.fcsith.org/cbr/.  

The Cardboard Boat Race is presented by our Admiral Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union


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