Southern Illinois University originated The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, which dates back to 1974. Since then, the event has become a campus tradition and attracted thousands of enthusiastic participants. Each spring, aspiring boaters put their engineering and creativity skills to the test, constructing cardboard creations capable of completing the 200-yard course. Contestants can walk away with a number of awards. The most popular award is the “titanic award” in which boaters proudly abandon ship for the mightiest sink.