A new boat race will be taking place on the River Torridge in Bideford this July - but with a quirky twist. The first ever Bideford Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held at Bideford Water Festival on July 2. Water Festival committee chairman, Jacquie Willoughby, said: We have been inspired by a wonderful cardboard boat race held annually by a Rotary club in Florida. The challenge is to build a boat entirely out of cardboard and the Rotary Club of Bideford is delighted that Atlas Packaging have offered to be one of our sponsors and are providing all the cardboard free of charge to teams or individuals wanting to construct a boat. RGB (Bideford) can supply any other materials (glue, tape etc) at cost if you ask for the manager, Steve The Regatta is open to participation from businesses; schools; youth groups; groups of friends and non-profit organizations wanting to build a boat and come and join it. It gives people a chance to work together and compete for prizes including the best designed, best decorated, shortest and longest boat, and peoples choice. And, of course, there will be a special prize for the last boat floating at the end of the race. Jason Sharman, managing director of Atlas Packaging, said Were very excited to get involved. We have already began designing our boat made from corrugated cardboard, showing the endless possibilities of corrugated board. We would encourage others not only to accept the challenge and see if they can beat Atlas structure, but come along to the Water Festival in July to observe the creativity and cheer the boats along. It is really going to be a lot of fun for the whole family. Aldi Bideford is also sponsoring the event. Area manager, Sam Lindsey, added: We plan to be offering the public the opportunity to sample some of Aldis most exciting and delicious products, however, most exciting of all will be the prospect of entering an Aldi team into the Cardboard Boat Regatta - bring it on! Construction guidance and rules are on the Bideford Rotary website www.waterfest.bidefordrotary.co.uk. Register and start planning your boat today.