Cape Cod cardboard boat race celebrates 15 years

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The boats must complete the 200-yard course to be in contention.

The boats must complete the 200-yard course to be in contention.

The 15 annual Cape Cod Viking 200 Challenge, a cardboard-boat race that benefits the Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron, will take place on July 27 on the Bass River in West Dennis, Mass.

The event challenges local businesses, organizations and individuals to build a boat out of carboard, duct tape, glue. It must have a minimum of two crew members, who will race it on a 200-yard course on the river. Winners compete for the Viking Cup, plus other awards including the Rubbery Duck Trophy, best design, most outrageous, best team spirit, most artistic, best boat name, largest crew and the Andrea Doria award for the most spectacular sinking. The challenge is broken down into two categories, youth for ages 10 to 17 and adult for competitors age 18 and older.

The event benefits the Sail and Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating club on Cape Cod. Its primary activity is teaching America’s Boating Course at locations on the Cape and the organization offers free vessel safety checks on any recreational boat.

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