2015 $50 Boat Race


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 here.

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.)


July 26th, Sunday, arrive at 11:00, tow out begins at noon at North Cove Boat Ramp


Contact Email: boatrace@aquafest.org
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