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Cardboard Cup Regatta

July 27 · 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join us for 35th Annual and Final America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta!

The Cardboard Cup Regatta originated in the summer of 1985 as a special event to help raise awareness for a small local sailing club – The Crystal Lake Yacht Club. There were three members who were instrumental in the creation of this now annual event: Jim Hooker, Chuck Ellison, and Frank Ward. The first Cardboard Cup Regatta drew a crowd of 2,000 spectators. Enough funds were raised to host the event and to give back to the community.

Now celebrating its 35th year, this annual fun, family event provides annual grants to support local charities, including:
Alex Leigh Center Autism
Andy’s Chapter of Hope
Adult/Child Rehab Center
Bear Necessities
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Family Alliance
Family Health Partnership
Habitat for Humanity
Home of the Sparrow
Interfaith Food Pantry
Journey Care
McHenry County Coop Dental Clinic
Options & Advocacy McHenry County
P.E.A.C.E. for All
Pioneer Center
Salvation Army
Senior Care
Senior Services Association
Turning Point

The America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which organizes an annual charity race on the 3rd Saturday in June. Individuals and businesses build life-sized boats of cardboard and race them along a 200 yard course at the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach. There are various awards categories from fastest time to themed awards such as most creative, stars and stripes and the famous most spectacular sinking.
This year we hope to continue the tradition and bring in more money than ever before to support local charitable organizations. If you would like your organization considered to receive Grant funding from the Regatta, please complete, print, and mail in an Application for Funding, a copy of your 501(c)(3) certificate, last year’s income statement, and the current year’s budget.

In addition to donating money to local causes, the event fosters team building and camaraderie! Individual, families, friends and companies all get together to celebrate summer, enjoy the Crystal Lake Park District’s beach and … of course … for a little friendly competition. Learn more by visiting our website at


300 Lake Shore Drive
Crystal Lake, IL United States

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