Compass Project is proud to announce The Compass Project Cardboard Boat Regatta and Waterfront Festival. The day-long event, scheduled for July 19, 2014, will feature cardboard boat building and racing, live music, food trucks and a Rowgatta, and is intended to raise awareness of and funds for Compass Project’s work with at risk youth.

The day will start with cardboard boat construction under tents along Pebble Beach at Portland’s Eastern Prom. Teams will have approximately 3 hours to construct and decorate their boats. All materials and instruction will be provided. After lunch, available from some of Portland’s best food truck chefs, teams will launch their creations and navigate a short course. Awards will include, but not be limited to, Best Dressed, Most Creative Design, Fastest in Division, and Most Dramatic Sinking. Participants should expect to learn, have fun and most definitely get wet!

In the afternoon, rowers and paddlers will compete further off shore in an open Rowgatta. Any seaworthy, human-powered vessel is welcome to participate. So bring your kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, paddle boat, etc. for a fun row in Casco Bay.

Finally, live music will be on hand courtesy of some of Portland’s finest musicians. Compass Project is eager to team up with these wonderfully talented musicians to provide our cardboard boat builders and the public with some great music on a summer’s day in Maine.

After ten years of the weekend-long Boat Building Festival, this is a new course for Compass Project’s summer fundraising and outreach event. The one-day event is designed to attract a broad range of participants, with a goal of 30 youth, family and corporate teams. The lower entry fee – $100 for families and youth groups and $150 for businesses – will allow more people to learn about boat building and get out on the water. While we say goodbye to the Boat Building Festival, we are excited to launch a new Compass Project tradition.

For more information about participating, volunteering, or sponsoring the event, please contact Holly Parker at holly@compassproject.org