2014 Raingutter Regatta

posted Oct 27, 2013, 5:45 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 4:48 PM ]
Our 2015 Regatta will be held on November 16 in the Hawkins Multipurpose room. Check in will start at 6:30 pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. We expect the event to wrap up by 8:30 at the latest.

Den Leaders distributed the boat kits to scouts in October. If you will not be participating in the Regatta, please return the boat kit to your Den Leader.

This year, we will be using the BSA trimaran boats (tentative).

Construction Rules
  • Follow the boat specifications and instructions provided with the kit.
  • All boats must use the original parts from the kit that is provided.
  • Materials from the BSA kit may be modified, however, other sails, keel and rudder
    material may not be used.
  • The sail can not be larger than the material supplied.
  • There is no max/min weight restriction.
  • The boat can be no longer than 7 inches or shorter than 6.5 inches.
  • Scouts are free to paint and decorate their sailboats as they choose.
  • Attach all parts, accessories and decals securely to the boat.
  • You can use the numbers provided with the boat kit, but each boat will be assigned a number when they register.
  • Scouts should select a name for their boat and provide it at registration.
Race Rules
  • Cub Scouts must register their boats by 7pm on race day.
  • All boats will be secured in the dock area after registration.
  • Boats may not be touched or modified after registration until the races begin.
  • Each race will involve two lanes of "rain gutters."
  • The boys are to blow air on the boat sails in order to advance them through the water
  • Racers may not touch any part of the boat or water during the race..
  • Hands are NOT to be used to advance the boat.
  • Boys can not use their faces, lips, hats, nose or other body parts to move the boat - just the air in their lungs!
  • Capsized boats will be set back up by the race officials.
There will be 6 gutters and each scout will race in each gutter. We will run a series of one vs. one heat races. Three heat races at a time. Each scout will race the same number of heat races.  After the heat races, if necessary, tie breaker races will take place to determine winners. 

Trophies will be awarded to the top three boats in each Den. Trophies will also be awarded to the top 3 overall boats. These top 3 winners will not receive trophies within their Den. 

Note: The race software generates the race schedule. A scout may race a few heats and then be idle for a while before racing again. The software is configured to ensure all scouts race the same number of times. Since our Dens are not of equal size, a scout may race against some scouts from another Den in order for them to race the same number of races as all other scouts. When this occurs, we try to configure the races so that a scout is racing other scouts as close to his age as possible. For instance, a Tiger may race against a Wolf, but they will not race against a Webelo.