The annual Aquafest $50 Boat Race is another popular
family event. Participants and spectators alike enjoy the race on the beautiful
Lake Stevens. It’s been chronicled on television and in the local newspapers.
The idea is to build and sail a boat using a minimum
cost, yet still harness the wind for the fastest finish time. Often the boats
are primarily constructed of recyclables and require some finesse to get them
across the finish line. The race is intended to be downwind to make it easier
for those with little or no sailing experience and to simplify their yachts.
Distance may be around 200 yards or more (subject to
wind conditions). Because of wind variation it may be helpful to learn about
sailing. Many publications and schools offer such help. Samples of free online
information can be found
Trophies will be provided to the first place finisher,
and other novel categories such as: “Looks like a real boat” or “Should have
been First” Other prizes may be awarded as we think of them. Special award
consideration may be given for novel design or appearance. The kids category is
for those 13 and under.
All participants (or their legal guardians) shall sign
an entry form, which includes a Hold Harmless Agreement. But only one entry fee
is required per boat. Race entry fees (per boat): $10 if received before July
10th, $20 day of race. Corporate or team entries are welcome.
Each team needs to provide life jackets and paddle(s).
All participants must wear Coast guard approved type
II or III PFDs (Life Jackets.)