April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge – I Double Dare You Not to Laugh

On April 27th at Millenium Park in Pender Harbour (Madeira Park turnoff from Hwy. 101), a whole lot of crazy comes together for the 6th Annual April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge. What’s that? That’s when teams of up to 4 people spend three hours building a boat from materials provided by the event organizers… and the catch is, it has to float and race in the end-of-day sea trials!

Each year a different ‘twist’ is thrown in the mix… as an example, in 2012 screws were not permitted. Aiyaiyai.

Youth racers also have their own event after building boats at the high school shop to prepare for the date.

Check out the April Tools web site for slideshows and videos of past events, and here’s my fave. It’s even more delicious when it’s someone you know!

Rain or shine you can expect expletives, banged up thumbs, wet derrieres, and a raucously good time. $160 per team entry fee for this classic Pender Harbour event.

I will be attending as a spectator for the ‘glory mile’ of the afternoon races, having no building skills of any kind! However, I am an excellent laugher.


Boats are available to row or paddle around the Harbour for free so you can watch the haphazardly hilarious race from your own secure vessel. Eats and drinks will be available by the dock, and at the friendly cafes and takeout vendors in Madeira Park only steps away.

Author: Laurie McConnell

Geek-loving, tie-dyed creative time artisan and general rabble rouser. Passionate conduit of Sunshine Coast stories, myths and fables. Founder of Bigpacific Creative Web Design & Digital Strategy (formerly Bad Dog Design) with 17 years of continuous operation.

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