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    Pacific’s Annual Cardboard Regatta Announced

    Sep 21, 2010

    On your mark, get set, sink! University of the Pacific's annual Engineering Cardboard Regatta is back. The competition pits 160 Engineering and Computer Science students on 40 teams against each other in a race on water. The teams must build a cardboard boat, and compete in a race across a swimming pool. The race is part of their grade in the Dean's Seminar, an introduction to engineering and computer science course required for all first year engineering and computer science students. The public is invited to what promises to be a fun filled afternoon. This event is free.

    The regatta will take place Oct. 1, 2010 at the Kjeldsen Pool on Pacific's Stockton campus. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. judges will inspect boats for their pre-competition design, the races will begin at 4 p.m.

    Teams are given a list of rules for the building and racing of their boat, they are as follows:

    •1.      Each boat can only be made of duct tape and cardboard. The decorations on the boat can only consist of duct tape and ink.

    •2.      Each boat must hold two people.

    •3.      In order to complete the race, boats must navigate a course around buoys across the Olympic sized pool and then race back to the start. Boats will race four at a time while being timed.

    •4.      The project grade will be based on three factors:

    •a.       Design of the boat, including practicality and aesthetics

    •b.      Functionality of the boat.

    •c.       Time taken to complete the course.

    •5.      All boats will be inspected before the race, and must be ready to race by 4 p.m.

    To watch a video from last year's Cardboard Regatta visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgv3j6TF-pg&feature=channel