Region H Cardboard Boat Regatta

What is the Cardboard Boat Regatta?

“Sail Away” with Special Olympics Illinois and the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run!

Join us on September 1 at Sheedy Shores WineGarden at 1:00 PM for the 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, presented by Jane Hay Sales and Staging Team and The Real Estate Group. The day will also include live music, food trucks and an exciting show as our participants sail or sink for Special Olympics Illinois! Registration must be completed by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 30.

What is a Cardboard Boat Regatta?
This event challenges participants to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of cardboard. The crafty cardboard creations then sail (or sink) as they compete for a variety of awards including “best design”, “fastest boat” and “fastest sinker”.

Who can participate?

Registration is open to all amateur boat builders – young and old! Register crews in categories of 13 and under or 14+. Registered teams can check in starting at 11:30 AM on September 3 and the Regatta will begin at 1:00 PM. Registration is $50 per boat. For more information, or to participate as a sponsor of this event, contact Tara Nickerson at 217-791-7291 or tnickerson@soill.org.

Race Rules

Race Rules and boat construction guidelines can be found on our registration website!

Registration link will be coming soon!

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Sep 01 2024


11:30 am - 2:30 pm


$50 per Boat


Sheedy Shores WineGarden
10300 Johns Creek Rd, Loami, IL 62661


Tara Nickerson
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