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Raingutter Regatta

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The Raingutter Regatta is an annual event that usually takes place in June.

This year our Regatta will be on June 25th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Here is a link to the 2016 Raingutter Regatta Signup.

At the Raingutter Regatta Scouts, siblings and friends build and race sailboats. This is a great recruiting opportunity, so bring along friends from the neighborhood!

We begin at 9 AM with the kids building their boats. What an adult partner's help they sand down the hull and assemble the boats with screws and Elmer's glue. Then they can decorate it with spray paint (applied by an adult), stickers, crayons, etc.

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Pro Tip: Crayons are great for coloring the sails. Markers wash off when the boat gets wet.

The kids can play on the playground while the paint dries and we set up the raingutters. We start racing around 11 AM and are usually done by noon. Feel free to bring snacks & drinks. This will be an outdoor event so don't forget sunscreen!

Please let us know if you are coming and how many boats you will need. Boats are $6 each.

Raingutter Regatta Rules:

  • Each race heat will involve two equal lengths of raingutter (approximately 10-feet long) filled with water.
  • The race heat begins with boats against the back wall of the gutter and the starter commands the scouts to "GO!"
  • On the starter's command, the scouts will blow into the sail of their boat with a straw in order to advance them through the water. The boat can only be propelled by blowing into the sail.
  • Once the race has started, the scout CANNOT touch his boat with his hands, except to right a capsized boat.
  • Pushing the boat forward is NOT allowed and may disqualify the scout during that race heat. Any disputed heat may be rerun at the discretion of the judges.
  • The first boat to reach the finish line (the opposite end of the gutter) is the winner of that heat. The finish line official(s) will have the final and only say in determining the winner.
  • In the unlikely event of a tie, the racers will be given a chance to catch their breath, then that heat will be rerun.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator will be tolerated.

Scoring:

  • REMEMBER: The point of all Cub Scout competitions is to "Do your best!", have fun, and practice good sportsmanship!
  • The racers will be organized by age into groups of four. They will race each other, so everyone will get to race at least 4 times.
  • Winners of the first round will be organized into new groups of four and race again.
  • This will continue as many times as necessary to determine overall winners. Most likely there will only be two rounds.
  • In the event of a tie, there may be a race-off to determine a winner.

Prizes:

The kids will race for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons. We will also have decorating awards (like we do with the pinewood derby).

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