Saturday, July 27, 2019 (rain date: Sunday, July 28, 2019)
Sundancers Restaurant, 116 Main Street, Rte 28, West Dennis, MA
9:00 AM racers registration
10:00 AM crowds look at boats
11:00 AM, and they're off! Let the racing begin!
The Viking 200 challenges local businesses, organizations, and individuals to build a boat entirely out of cardboard, duct tape, glue, caulking, and paint, stick two people in it, and race around a 200 (give or take) yard course on the Bass River, for fabulous prizes, really cool trophies, and above all, bragging rights to the much-coveted Viking Cup and Rubber Ducky Trophy. That honor will be defended this year by last year's reigning champions.
There are also many other distinctive awards; Best Design, Most Outrageous, Best Team Spirit, Most Artistic, Best Boat Name, Largest Crew, and the Andrea Doria Award for the Most Spectacular Sinking. If you’re going down, do it with enthusiasm.
Don’t let this Adventure of a Lifetime pass you by!
Sign up now to get involved and compete in this fantastic event.
For more info, call Captain Viking Mike Leyden, (508) 272-2937.
We’ll see you there!
Design is only limited by your imagination and the materials listed below.
Not allowed: anything other than listed above. No wood, metal, plastic, sona tubes, waxed cardboard, or foam.
The Viking race committee will check all entrants and prevent the hull with the dreaded ice pick probe test.
Propulsion: (what makes the boat move around in the water) paddles, oars, etc. No sails, motors, paddlewheels, poles, ropes, or help from anyone outside of the crew on the entered boat.
Crew: each boat must hold at least a team of two (unit must be human. Positive ID required). Staff must be in the vessel, no pushing or swimming alongside the boat.
Removal of any boats that may by chance meet their demise will be removed in its entirety by its crew and pit team and may be helped by any bystanders who may take pity upon them. The underwater craft must be removed from water and premises at the end of the race.
Actual racecourse to be determined race day. Expect to round a few markers.
All entrants are more than welcome (encouraged) to write a 20 to 30-second ad introducing their business, group, or organization that will be read with great enthusiasm by emcee Captain "Howlin' Don" Howell just before the racer starts his heat and will be re-read at the end of the racers heat.
9:00 - 9:30 AM - check-in and staging of all entrants. All skippers and crews must sign in and sign a liability waiver. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. All those signed in are eligible for awards and fabulous prizes.
9:30 - meet the emcee, Captain "Howlin' Don" Howell. You are welcome to come up and introduce yourself and shake hands with this living legend who some consider the emcee of emcees.
9:45 AM - Captains Meeting - by Sundancers deck
10:00 AM - Public Viewing of all boats and meet the crews Judging - our panel of world-renowned, internationally recognized, board, certified (the only ones who would volunteer) judges will be inspecting and making notes on the following categories:
11:00 AM - And They're Off! Let the Races Begin! All the racers will be racing against the clock for Best Time. If time permits, any racer that survives the first round may challenge another boat to a match where they can run against the clock or side by side where Pirate Rules will apply.
12:45 - 1:00 PM- Award Presentation
#1 The Viking Cup (fastest time). Also to be presented will be the perpetual award and defended the next year, the infamous Rubber Duckie Trophy (obviously, if you win this, you are trying way too hard). Second and Third place awards, First place award for the crew under age 14. Andrea Doria award for Most Spectacular Sinking; if you are going down, do it in style. Enthusiasm wins. Largest Crew Award (step up to the challenge). And all 10:00 am judged awards will be presented. All entrants who have signed in will receive participation appreciation certificates suitable for framing.
Thank you for coming and taking part in this Experience of a Lifetime (which is held every year).
Complete the Cardboard Boat Registration form to be a part of the experience of a lifetime!