Yep, you read that title correctly. This event, one of the many to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, consists of brave DIYers constructing a boat made out of cardboard and racing around the harbor course. You might be thinking that cardboard won't make a sturdy and durable floatation device, and you're completely right, but where's the fun in that? Rally up a troop of water-loving folks and sign up for either Class I, in which you build on-site using only cardboard and duct tape, or Class II, in which you build at home using a larger variety of materials. This race is unique because no matter what class you register for, it's not just about crossing the finish line—different prizes include Best in Show, Ugliest Boat Award, Team Spirit Award, and of course, The Titanic Award (for the best sinking action). If you can't muster up the energy to face the soggy competition, don't worry, because standing on the sidelines sounds equally hilarious.
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Registration 12:30; first race is at 3pm. Class I is $40; Class II is $25. Register your crew & find more information here.
Photo by Bruce McAdam on Flickr.