Sika Corporation proudly announces its continued sponsorship of the Sikaflex® Challenge Cup Build-a-Boat events throughout the 2016 summer season.


These fun events challenge contestants to design, build and race a small boat utilizing limited plywood, lumber and only fast-curing Sikaflex®-291 as the adhesive and sealant to keep their marine craft afloat. The event has seen countless fun and one-of-a-kind designs over the years; from tugboats, to battleships, rubber duckies, to crocodiles Sika is always impressed with the design concepts the participants come up with!


“We are very proud to continue the tradition of sponsoring the Sikaflex® Challenge for over 20 years now,” said Tony Martin, VP Transportation A&C and Marine Business Unit.


"As a leading supplier of elastic sealant and adhesive systems specifically designed for the marine marketplace, we believe this was a great opportunity to support our local community festivals and events that are held on the water with this extraordinarily fun nautical event.”


Prizes are awarded for first, second, third place finishers in the actual sea trials. The winner of the race receives the coveted Sikaflex® Challenge Cup.  Additionally, trophies are awarded for Best Design and Fastest Build.  Sika has continuously sponsored the Sikaflex® Challenge Cup Build-a-Boat contest for more than 20 years. These events are a great showcase of Sika’s commitment to the marine community. 


The 2016 summer schedule is listed below.

Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge May 6-8 Beaufort, NC
Norfolk Boat Building Challenge – Harborfest June 10-12 Norfolk, VA
Canal Fest of the Tonawandas July 17-24 Tonawanda, NY
Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival August 12-13 Sturgeon Bay, WI
Port Jefferson Old Home Week August 13-14 Long Island, NY
Windjammer Festival September 2-4 Camden, ME
Georgetown Boatbuilding Challenge
October 5-16 Georgetown, SC