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 3rd at Sheedy Shores WineGarden at 1pm for the 3rd 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, onsite food trucks, vendors and an exciting show as our participants sail or sink for Special Olympics Illinois! Registration must be completed by 5pm on Friday, September 1st.

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 11:30am on September 3rd and the Regatta will begin at 1pm. 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!

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Sep 03 2023


11:00 am - 2:00 pm


$50 per Boat


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


Tara Nickerson
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