Boat race relies on recycled materials

Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) is keeping the tradition of the 4th of July boat race but with a permanent new name and twist.

“The Castaway Challenge brings together the spirit of the event with using recycled materials to build your boat and fits in with the goals of SEAS for marine preservation and keeping our waters clean”, said outreach director, Lisa Hartman.

Participants may use the materials they have in the past, but now they are encouraged to build with previously used materials. We are also giving the participants more opportunities to find other recycled materials to use in their builds. The defining characteristics are the materials must float and can’t be harmful to the water environment. If you have a boat that you’ve previously used in the race, bring it back to race again this year!

The Castaway Challenge will continue to have two divisions: Open which are the pre-built boats and the Drifter which is a kit supplied the day of the event. Drifter participants will have approximately 1.5 hours to build a boat out of the materials in the kit and see how well it floats. The change to the Open Division this year is the style of boats will be separated into canoe and box style boats.

This year, crews that capsize after rounding the first buoy will have the opportunity to push or pull their boat to the finish line to stay in the race. If they capsize before the first buoy, they must be able to re-enter their boat to finish the course. In either case, the entire crew must cross the finish line.

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