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Sun Times Feature Story

The 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Race

HOLLYWOOD - Ladies and gentlemen, start your paddles! It’s time for the City of Hollywood’s 6th annual Cardboard Boat Race!  On Saturday, October 18 a crowd will gather at the Hollywood Marina, 700 Polk Street, to cheer on racers as they paddle across the waters of North Lake in their cardboard creations.  

   Teams will go head-to-head to compete for the traditional first, second and third place trophies, as well as “Most Spectacular Sinking,” “Most Creative Design” and “People’s Choice”.  Besides the race, there will be marine-themed children’s activities by Funky Fish, an exuberant performance from the Mocoko Jumbie Junkanoo Band, and delicious food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase by Capone’s Flicker Lite.

   There’s still time to take part in the boat building - get your team together and sign up today! Boats may be built ahead of time or on-site.  The marina supplies cardboard for teams that choose to build their boats on-site and teams bring the paint, duct tape, creativity and manpower.  On-site boat building begins at 8 a.m. and must be completed by noon.  Once all the cardboard vessels are constructed, the test of each team’s handiwork begins.  The racing of the cardboard boats begins at 1 p.m. and continues until the last boat finishes or the crew is rescued. 

   The annual cardboard boat races celebrate Hollywood’s waterways, marine lifestyle and the environment.  The Hollywood Marina has won several awards from the state of Florida and marine organizations in the past few years for its cleanliness and the quality of its waterways.  The marina provides dock space, fuel and pump-out services and features boat launch ramp facilities.  The marina is open for vessels docking at the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    For registration and information, call the Hollywood Marina office at 954.921.3035 or visit