Record 64 cardboard boats to race in this summer’s Whirlpool Corporation’s "Rock the Boat" event July 19





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Record 64 cardboard boats to race in this summer’s Whirlpool Corporation’s "Rock the Boat" event July 19

United Way of Southwest Michigan benefits from the annual event at The Inn at Harbor Shores

The number of cardboard boats in the 2018 Whirlpool Corporation’s “Rock the Boat” race has more than doubled to 64 in its third year—up from 30 last year. There were five boats in the race the first year.

The race in the St. Joseph River starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Inn at Harbor Shores, 800 Whitwam Dr., St Joseph, Michigan. Proceeds from the company-sponsored event will benefit United Way of Southwest Michigan.  The race next Thursday kicks off St. Joseph Today’s Midsummer Classic Weekend.

The event is open to the public, and there will be food and t-shirts available for sale. Raffle tickets will be sold on-site for drawings that evening. Spectators can enjoy a beer garden and watch the race on a jumbotron by DPM Events.

The final boat count exceeded Whirlpool’s goal this year of 60 boats. Registration has closed. Racers paid an entry fee of $250.

“This event has really gained popularity around this community over the past few years.  To have 64 boats registered is incredible.  And all the proceeds, from the boat registration fee to items sold at the event, will benefit United Way of Southwest Michigan,” said Whirlpool Corporation’s Matt Meier, co-chair of Whirlpool Corporation’s United Way campaign.

The life-size boats are made of cardboard, duct tape, and polyurethane, and powered entirely by human paddling.

Many prizes will be handed out throughout the night, from Fastest Boat to Most Creative and Best Themed.  

Names of teams and boats are as follows (can also be found at

Accenture – The Cool Boat

AEP Cook Nuclear Power Plant – Cook Revengers

Alex’s Veggies – CORNZILLA

ARS Advertising Inc. – Approved. No Changes.

Berrien County Health Department sponsored by CMG Financial – Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Blossomtime Festival Inc. – Royalty Racers


Caring Circle, The – Up Up and Away


Consumer Products Group – SeaPG

Deloitte Consulting LLP (GSS) – Compensation Nation

Dr. Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services – Shake Your Tail Feather

Erhard Furniture & Flooring – The Swimterns

Fenner Homes - Maiden Lane Cottages

Gast Manufacturing – Gast Boat #1

Gast Manufacturing – Gast Parrot Heads

Great Lakes Drone Company – DroneBait

GSS Indirect – Boaty McBoatface

Haymarket Brewery and Taproom – U.S.S. BOB

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics - (GSS) – ISC you at the finish line

Holt Bosse – Wise Kraken

JennAir (Marketing) – T Party

Kinexus – The InternShip

Lake Michigan College – Rocky BalBOATa

The Livery – McGilligans Island

Niles-Buchanan YMCA – S.S. Nessie (“Sweat Ship Nessie”)

North Pier Brewing Co. – North Pier Nation

Overture – The Overture

Pasha Hawaii (GSS) – U.S.S. Operation Sinks Alot

Peat’s Original Cider – Hard Core

ROCK 107 WIRX – S.S. Good Enough II

Silver Harbor Brewing Co. – Shipfaced

Southwestern Michigan College – Roadrunner

United Federal Credit Union – This Putts 4 U

United Way of Southwest Michigan – Out of Time

Whirlpool (Finance) – Liquid Asset

Whirlpool Corporation (Corporate Communications) – Noel’s Ark

Whirlpool Corporation - Best Buy Sales Team – Best Buy Sails

Whirlpool Corporation - Cooking Engineering Team – AcquaCucina

Whirlpool Corporation - Home Depot – Big Orange

Whirlpool Corporation - Key Account Sales – S.S. MPI Cutter

Whirlpool Corporation - Key Account Sales – The Yellow Submarine

Whirlpool Corporation - Kitchen Team – One Love, One Kitchen

Whirlpool Corporation - Quality – The Incredible Hull

Whirlpool Corporation – Camakau LEARN

Whirlpool Corporation – Gone Phishin’

Whirlpool Corporation – Unsinkable II

Whirlpool Corporation (GIS) – U.S.S. Big Data 2.0

Whirlpool Corporation - Sinking Ship

Whirlpool Creative Studios – Floating Arrrtists!

Whirlpool Field Sales - S.S. Under Allocated Part II

Whirlpool Field Sales - FSNC Rocks - In it to WIN it!

Whirlpool Hispanic and Latino ERG - WHL

Whirlpool Human Resources – H-Arrgh

Whirlpool Laundry (Marketing) – The Extra Power Agitators

Whirlpool Law Department – The Ex Parte Barge


Whirlpool Quality Team – S.S. Safe Launch

Whirlpool WERLD Program – W.E.R.L.D. Domination

Whirlpool Women’s Network ERG – Champions for Change

Whirlpool: Brand & Strategy Organization – S.S. B&S

Wightman – S.S. Hasselhoff

Wipro Limited – Wipro BOT

Y-County 97.5 – S.S. Y Tanic

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