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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Inn at Harbor Shores

800 Whitwam Dr in St Joseph

Races Begin: 5pm 

The fourth annual ‘Rock the Boat’ cardboard boat races will be hosted by Whirlpool Corporation on Thursday, July 18th at the Inn at Harbor Shores, with proceeds benefiting United Way of Southwest Michigan.  The life-size boats are made of cardboard, duct tape and polyurethane, and powered entirely by human paddling. The event is open to the public and there will be food and t-shirts available for sale.


At this summer’s event, the People’s Choice Award will be presented to the team that raises the most money for UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN leading up the race. The winner takes home the new People’s Choice Traveling Trophy AND will present a $2500 check to one of United Way's funded partners of their choice! Any United Way Funded Partner that signs up will have the choice to take home the $2500 for themselves or donate it.


After you register your vessel, you will be provided your own fundraising portal where you can get started!

See the full list of funded partners.


You can pick up cardboard at the following address. But PLEASE call before you stop by: 269-487-3060

Address: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, 2000 1st Street Building C, Riverside, MI 49084

Here’s who’s boating!

Preliminary heat schedule: 

Heat 1 

·      Eckto 1 (United Way) VOTE

·      100 Little Ways (Whirlpool Women’s Network) VOTE

Heat 2

·      Cora Belle (The Inn) VOTE

·      MarioKARDBOARD Kart (Capgemini) VOTE

·      The Overture (Overture) VOTE

Heat 3

·      Team Home OwnerSHIP (Union Home Mortgage) VOTE

·      SS Pony Express (Wells Fargo) VOTE

·      A Box that Rocks (Accenture) VOTE

Heat 4

·      S.S. LIFE WTR (Pepsico) VOTE

·      Hill District Hooligans (North Pier Brewery) VOTE

·      Boatus Lotus (The Livery) VOTE

Heat 5

·      Boaty McBoard Face (Whirlpool Benton Harbor Tech Center) VOTE

·      Soggy Bottom Persons (Whirlpool Benton Harbor Tech Center) VOTE

·      (Whirlpool St. Joseph Tech Center) VOTE

Heat 6

·      Club H2O (Well of Grace Watervliet) VOTE

·      Pizza Planet (The Alex Mandarino Foundation) VOTE

Heat 7

·      (Blossomtime Festival) VOTE

·      (St. Joe Today) VOTE

·      (Kinexus) VOTE

Heat 8

·      Outlaw (Whirlpool Law Department) VOTE

·      Noel's Ark II (Whirlpool - Communications & Public Affairs) VOTE

·      Gone Phishing (Whirlpool - GIS) VOTE

Heat 9

·      SS Jennay (Gast Manufacturing Boat #1) VOTE

·      Oars not Yours (Gast Manufacturing Boat #3) VOTE

·      SS Nitro Grande (Gast Mnfg Leadership) VOTE

Heat 10

·      SMC Boat (Southwestern Michigan College) VOTE

·      Roadrunner Boat (Southwestern Michigan College) Roadrunner Boat VOTE

·      (Lake Michigan College) VOTE

Heat 11

·      Clan Materials (Whirlpool Global Materials Group) VOTE

·      SeaPG (Whirlpool CPG) VOTE

·      Put a Cork In It (Whirlpool Creative Studios) VOTE

Heat 12

·      Aboat Time (RMB Capital) VOTE

·      Chemical Reaction (Chemical Bank) VOTE

·      Maized and Cornfused (Alex's Veggies) VOTE

Heat 13

·      Ahoy MarCom Mateys (Spectrum Health Lakeland) VOTE

·      Vantastic (Van's Medical Equipment) VOTE

·      (Starks Family Funeral Homes) VOTE

Heat 14

·      Sail Away to Profits (Whirlpool Sales) VOTE

·      R&B Channel 1 (Whirlpool Sales) VOTE

·      R&B Channel 2 (Whirlpool Sales) VOTE

Heat 15

·      OverKeel (Holt Bosse) VOTE

·      Smooth Sailing (Abonmarche) VOTE

·      Four Winds Casino VOTE

Heat 16

·      SS Tatas (Gast Manufacturing Boat #5) VOTE

·      Usain Boat (Gast Manufacturing Interns) VOTE

·      Just Add Water (Gast Manufacturing) VOTE

·      SS Impala (Gast Manufacturing Boat #4) VOTE

Heat 17

·      Relentless (Whirlpool/NAR Quality) VOTE

·      Row Your Way to Cash (Whirlpool/NAR Finance) VOTE

·      The Planning Pontoon (Whirlpool/NAR Demand Planning) VOTE

Heat 18

·      (Anytime Fitness) VOTE

·      Y Knot (Niles YMCA) VOTE

·      CHILLOUT 2 (Pier 1000 Marina) VOTE

Heat 19

·      (Palisades Nuclear NAYGN) VOTE

·      Cook Conscripts (AEP Cook Nuclear Power Plant) VOTE

·      SS Riverside (Lindberg MPH) VOTE

Heat 20

·      Duct Tape and A Dream (Whirlpool TCS) VOTE

·      Margaritaville (Whirlpool Sales Training) VOTE

·      Easy Breezy Consumer Services (Whirlpool CXC) VOTE

Heat 21

·      The Bot II (Wipro Limited) VOTE

·      Sea Dog (Nahin/Dunstan Family) VOTE

·      ZIM Gladiator (ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services Co. LLC) VOTE

Heat 22

·      Boatopia (Martin's Supermarket #23) VOTE

·      mic-ROW-scope (PhycoTech, Inc.) VOTE

·      Moana presented by UFCU (United Federal Credit Union) VOTE

Heat 23

·      Lodz you believe they left the Hangout (Whirlpool Dryer 1) VOTE

·      I sawed this boat in half! (Whirlpool Dryer 2) VOTE

·      Record Breaking (Whirlpool Laundry Product Marketing) VOTE

·      The Happy Zone (Whirlpool Kitchen Category) VOTE

Heat 24

·      Bank On It (1st Source Bank) VOTE

·      Livin on the Edge (Edgewater Bank) VOTE

·      (Honor Credit Union) VOTE

Heat 25

·      (WHR International Logistics) VOTE

·      (Whirlpool Cooking Organization) VOTE

·      Unsinkable III (Whirlpool - GPO Finance) VOTE

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For immediate assistance or any other inquiries, please contact Ryan Cheevers:




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Landlubbers only!

You don’t need a boat to be a part of the Rock the Boat team! We need boots on the ground to make Rock the Boat the incredible community-building experience that it is.

Volunteer here!

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We are excited to have you on the Par-Te-Tyme Boat!!!

TIME: 5-8pm

  • Leave dock 5pm. Please be to the dock by 4:45pm & bring photo ID

  • Anchor down for race from 5:10pm-7:10pm

  • Cruise Lake Michigan 7:15 -8pm

  • Return to dock 8pm

COST: $35 per person (50 spots available)

  • Pizza will be provided (Silver Beach Pizza)

  • Cash Bar

  • Pair of sunglasses to each person

  • Radio Remote on Boat (Y-Country)

  • Best view of the race!