These Absurd Boat Races are Beyond Belief… Get Ready to Laugh Out Loud

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You’ve seen or heard about different kinds of races, from yacht races to canoe races to raft races. But these ten strange races made of unraceable materials will surely amuse and amaze you! Check them out!


1. International Regatta of Bathtubs

Every August, the International Regatta of Bathtubs is held in Dinant, Belgium. To qualify for the race, the competing boat must have no motor and must carry a bathtub. The award goes to the most beautiful, most novel, and most representative of the town, as well as who manages to cross the finish line first.


2. Pumpkin Paddling

Pumpkin Paddling is an autumn sport event of racing in boats made out from giant pumpkin. One of the biggest events holding this competitions is the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta in Damariscotta, Maine. Aside from the Pumpkin Paddling, there are other contests for growing, decorating, and carving pumpkins. But the pumpkin regatta always attracts the largest crowd.


3. Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race

Many years ago, a man named Simon Thackray dreamed of floating down a river on a Yorkshire pudding. In his dream, he saw a fulfillment during a 1999 event in which people built boats out of Yorkshire pudding. Since then, the event has been done yearly in Brawby, North Yorkshire, England. The boats are made of flour, water, and eggs, with some added shellac to make them waterproof.


4. Homemade Watercraft Race

The New Paltz Regatta is an annual even that began in 1955 when it was launched by the Delta Kappa Fraternity of State University of New York. The race involves all kinds of homemade boats and is open to anyone. The rules state that the boats must be human-powered and homemade.


5. Solar Splash World Championship

In the recent Solar Splash World Championship race at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo, Iowa, teams from fifteen schools participated. However, this race is not just about who crosses the finish line first. Technical inspections, design, and craftsmanship are among the factors that count toward a win. The winning team came from Istanbul Technical University.




6. Milk Carton Boats

One of the biggest events of the Milk, Bread, and Honey Festival is the Milk Carton Boat Race, which is now in its tenth year. Last year, thirty-six human-powered boats made completely of milk cartons competed in the most original and funniest crew competition. The event aims to promote both dairy consumption and recycling.


7. Minimal Regatta

The boats that race in the Annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta in Key West are made of a sheet of plywood, a couple of two-by-fours, and a duct tape. Prizes were given for boats that won the race, those that sank, creative designs, best costumes, and other categories. This race will definitely give you a good belly laugh.


8. Beer Can Regatta

The Beer Can Regatta is held annually at Mindil Beach organized by the Lions Club of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, and is participated by boats made of beer or soda cans. During this year’s regatta, an enormous motor-powered boat named Extravacans was constructed out of 30,000 cans, making it the winner for the “superboat” category.


9. Cardboard Boats

Building of cardboard boats originated in 1962 in Southern Illinois University as an exercise in engineering design. Since then, many cardboard boat regattas have been organized by the The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta.


10. Concrete Canoe Championship

The building of canoes out of concrete began as a challenge for engineering students who were tasked to design a boat to demonstrate the principles of physics. The practice was then incorporated in intramural competitions in the 1960s and expanded to interschool competitions in the 1970s. The winner of the 2012 championship was California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, for the third year in a row.

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