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APRIL TOOLS WOODEN BOAT CHALLENGE 2019
What will 2019 Bring?
Last year, builders had to construct 2 boat halves, then begin the race by assembling the parts using hand tools. Strategies varied, including 1 team who nested their 2 pieces inside each other and were first in the water. Unfortunately this wasn’t a very fast boat, but it was a great idea!
So what will 2019 bring? Find out on April 27 at 10AM at Millennium Park in Madeira Park. We are working on a pretty fun idea and it will be interesting to see how the teams handle it. As usual, they will have 1 hour to think through a solution, then 3 hours to build using only hand tools and battery powered screw guns.
The high school teams will race at the end of the building period, then it will be time to take bets on which adult craft will actually make it around the course. There will be 2 preliminary heats followed by the prize-determining final. Prizes are $700 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd.
For the slower but very determined there will be coveted the Broken Paddle trophy, and for those that are just that good-looking, the envy-of-all Spiffy Skiffy trophy.
As usual, there will be plenty of free boatbuilding materials and activities to keep the little kids busy all day.
So gather your team of up to 4 people, download and fill out the entry form, and send it with your entry fee to PO Box 65 Madeira Park BC V0N2H0. Due to increased materials cost, for the first time in 18 years, we have to raise the entry fee amount to $180. But you can still save $20 by getting your entry in by April 1st and pay only $160!
We want to thank all our wonderful sponsors for their continued support:
Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Coast Builders Rona, Pender Harbour Rotary, the Grasshopper Pub, the Painted Boat Resort and Spa, Pender Harbour Automotive and Tire, KER Enterprises, Madeira Corner Café, Sladey Timber, and Alan Stewart with Royal LePage Sussex, Pender Harbour Diesel, and TCG Chartered Professional Accountants (Crowe). Thanks also to Sunshine Coast Resort, Madeira Park IGA, Marina Pharmacy and Oak Tree Market for high school prizes and additional support. It isn’t a cliché to say we couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!
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April 27, 2019!
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Past April Tools Event Highlights
April Tools 2014 Event Recap Video
April Tools 2013 Recap Video: Multi-Hull Mayhem!