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2015 Raingutter Regatta

posted Oct 10, 2015, 3:50 PM by Webmaster Pack 1545   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 2:37 PM ]

Float Your Boat!

  WHEN:    Sunday, October 25 1pm-4pm

  WHERE:  Rolling Valley Elementary School
Parking Lot)

  FEE:        None

  UNIFORM:  T-Shirts

Official Raingutter Regatta Rules 

The rules for the Raingutter Regatta are fairly simple. The boys build boats from standard BSA kits supplied by the pack. Please follow the assembly directions on the package and allow the boys to decorate in any manner they choose. The actual race will involve a set of raingutters or water-filled tracks. The boys blow air on the sails of the boat with a straw to move them through the water.

Races will be run using a double-elimination bracket. We will try to start with scouts of the same rank racing each other, but as the bracket advances, scouts of all ranks will be racing against one another. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third place in the Pack, and there will one Best-In-Show award based on popular vote. 

Construction rules
  • The boat must be newly built for the current Cub Scouting year. 
  • As much as practical, the boat should be substantially built by the Scout with parental supervision.  
  • Boats must be made from the official BSA Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Boat Kit. 
  • All parts (2 outriggers, polymer hull, mast, sail and 4 screws) provided in the kit must be used in the boat construction. 
  • NO part substitutions are allowed!  Additional parts, decals, paint, and glue are permitted. 
  • Only boats with dried paint, decorations, glue (adhesives) will be allowed to compete. 
Outrigger Rules: 
  • The Outriggers must be no longer than 7" or shorter than 6 ½". 
  • The finished boat must be 3-1/4" wide, which is the dimension of the molded hull. 
  • The outriggers must be solid and not split into multiple parts and must be evenly placed. 
  • The outriggers should be cut on the leading edge as shown in the enclosed instructions. 
  • The mast may not be higher than 7” from the deck, nor shorter than 6” from the deck. 
  • The boat requires no keel or rudder and none may be added.  
Sail Rules: 
  • Must use the sail provided in the kit. It may be trimmed, but cannot be enlarged or added to, but may be decorated. 
  • The sail may only be attached to the mast by glue (this is highly recommended), no mechanical fasteners will be allowed 
  • The sail may not be in contact with any part of the boat except the mast. 
  • No CUP or BOX sails will be accepted. It should look like the boat on the box.  
  • The mast hole is molded into the top of the plastic hull and is the only placement allowed for the mast. 
  • No mast placement deviations will be allowed and no modifications to the hole are allowed. 
  • The mast MUST BE perpendicular (90 degrees) to the hull, angling the mast in any direction is not allowed.  
  • Details such as figures, decals and paint are allowed as long as these details are securely glued or fastened to the boat. 
Race Rules:
  • Two boys will race against each other at a time.
  • Each boat must start with the back of the boat touching the end of the rain gutter; the boy must hold it there by hand.
  • When the starter says go, the boys will propel the boats by blowing on the sail.
  • Boys may not use their faces, lips, hats, nose or other body parts to move the boat — just their lung power! 
  • If a boy does so, he will be given a warning and the race rerun if that boy wins.  
  • If a boat gets broken during a race, the results stand. The race may be rerun if the judges find a reason that merits it.