RAINGUTTER REGATTA OFFICIAL RULES
1. There are no design restrictions.
The boat design may be traditional (see attached BSA instruction sheet), a catamaran,
trimaran, hydroplane, barge, raft, houseboat, etc. Only the basic material
supplied in the kit may be used for the hull (the part that touches the water).
The sail, mast, rudder, and keel may or may not be used -that is up to each
builder. Deckhouses, cannons, rigging, decorations, etc. may be of any shape,
material or weight as long as they do not violate the overall length, width and
area specifications listed below and they do not interfere with the proper
running of the Regatta.
2. The hull and decorations must be at
least 5 inches and no more than 7 inches in length. The hull and decorations
may not exceed 3 1/2 inches in width. The keel and/or rudder (if used) may not
extend more than 1 1/2 inches below the hull. The "sail(s)" (whether
an actual sailor cabin, cup, etc or any combination thereof on the deck of the
boat) may not exceed 20 square inches (2 square inches more than the sail
provided). There are no height or weight restrictions.
3. Auxiliary propulsion aides such as
motors, propellers, etc. are prohibited.
4. The boat must be constructed during
the current year by the Scout/parent team.
1. Boats will be submitted to the
Harbormaster prior to the beginning of the Regatta. The Harbormaster will
inspect each boat to ensure that the entry meets all specifications and then
assign a race number. A Dockyard will be available to make any needed
modifications to boats that do not meet the official rules.
2. After registration the boat will be
placed in the Marina. After registration only the pilot and designated race
officials may touch or handle the boat.
3. A practice course will be provided
for the pilots. Pilots may practice with their boats at any time prior to the
beginning of the Regatta or after any race related repairs. No more than one
boat is allowed in a practice race lane at any time.
4. Modifications may be made to a boat
before or after registration but before the start of the Regatta. A member of
the Admiralty Board, to ensure the boat still meets all Regatta rules and
specifications, must inspect all modifications. After the Regatta begins the
Dockyard may be used only for repairs.
1. Pilots will compete by rank in a
series of elimination races. Each pilot will participate in a minimum of 4
races, twice in each lane. The winners of each rank will compete in the Final
2. Prior to each heat the Commodore
will announce boat numbers and lane assignments. Pilots will take their boats
from the Marina and place them in the designated lane. The Commodore and/or
Admiralty Board will make sure that the bows of the boats are even with each
3. At the command to begin the pilots
will propel their boats by blowing against their boat's sail. First boat to the
end of the racecourse is the winner. Two members of the Admiralty Board will
judge the results of each heat. If they cannot agree on the winner of each heat
that race will be re-run.
4. Racers may propel their boats only
by blowing on them. A pilot may touch their boat only to free it if the boat
becomes wedged against the side of the raingutter or if the boat capsizes. Any
forward motion given to a boat through it being freed will result in a re-race.
Any other contact with the boat, mast, or sail by any part of the pilot's body,
clothing, or hair will result in a re-race.
5. Pilots must keep their face,
clothing, and hair out of the water at all times. Any contact with the water
will result in a re-race.
6. Any pilot who causes more than two
re-races in a heat will forfeit that heat and receive a last place ranking for
7. If the boat becomes damaged and is
unable to race when called the pilot will receive 5 minutes to make repairs. If
the boat is not ready to race after 5 minutes the pilot will receive a last
place ranking for that heat.
8. An Outlaw division is available to
pilots whose entries cannot be modified to meet the Regatta rules listed above.
If a pilot makes more than one boat then the pilot must choose which boat will
be their official entry; the other boat will be entered in the Outlaw race. The
Outlaw race is also available to leaders and participants who are not members
of Pack 713. There are no restrictions on the Outlaw race except that they must
fit within the rain gutter.
9. Awards will be given for 1st through
4th place. Additional judging categories are Most Nautical, Most Creative, Most
Colorful, Best Finish, Most Patriotic, and Judge's Choice. Selected leaders and
parents will evaluate judging categories. All participants will receive a Rain
gutter Regatta patch.
10. All rulings by the Harbormaster, Admiralty Board and
the Commodore are FINAL.
RAINGUTTER REGATA TIPS
1. Parental help is not only allowed
but encouraged. Remember that this is a team effort, the Scout should do as
much meaningful work as possible.
2. If you wish to build a traditional
BSA entry, use the provided instruction sheet to construct your boat. Please
note that the washer used for the keel needs to be moved further aft than the
directions indicate. Also, it is very important that the mast and the
sail are securely glued in place. Otherwise, the sail rotates when in use
resulting in a very slow boat and a very frustrated Scout.
3. Use a coping saw for making shaping
cuts for the hull. Final shaping is best accomplished with medium or fine grit
4. A catamaran design can be easily
made by laying out and cutting the traditional shape, then, cutting the boat
evenly in two on a centerline from the bow to the stern. Join the two hull
sections using dowels, craft sticks, or sheet balsa (available at hobby and
craft stores). Remember to follow the length and width instructions in the
Hint: Catamaran designs are more stable and faster than the traditional BSA
5. Whatever hull shape you decide to
build try to keep the bottom of your boat as flat as possible. A flat-bottomed
boat tends to rise up out of the water. A rounded bottom and sides tend to
cause the boat to dig into the water.
6. Any accessories placed on the deck,
such as cannons, figures, or a deckhouse, will raise the center of gravity of
your boat. This means you must add weight to the bottom of your hull or keel to
keep your boat from capsizing. Remember, a lighter boat is generally faster
than a heavier boat.
7. If you place the mast according to
the BSA instruction sheet your boat will tend to dig its' nose into the water.
Move the mast towards the stern — this will tend to cause the bow of your boat
to rise out of the water when you blow against the sail.
8. Bring the sail as close to the deck
as possible. You may even cut a groove into the deck and glue the sail in
place. Try to curve the sides of the sail towards the stern to provide a space
to trap your breath. The sail can be held in place by glue, staples, or by
running strong thread from the corners to small nails at the stern.
9. Instead of a sail you may construct
an open-ended cabin to catch your breath. The cabin can be made out of the sail
material, sheet balsa wood, foam board, or whatever material you wish to use.
You may even glue a Styrofoam cup to the boat to act as your sail. Remember to
follow the sail area instructions in the Official Rules.
10. Use wood putty to fill any dents, gouges or holes
11. Use sanding sealer to provide a smooth surface.
Follow the directions on the sanding sealer. Usually, several coats are
12. You may paint the sail as well as the hull. Use
waterproof glue and paint. Nothing is more disheartening than watching a boat
fall apart during a race.
13. Practice with your boat before the race. Use a
bathtub or wading pool to check your boat's stability and seaworthiness.
Practice blowing on your sail until you can keep your boat going in a straight
line. Remember, if you blow on the right side of the sail the boat will turn to
the left and if you blow on the left side of the sail the boat will turn to the
right. Long, steady streams of air are the best. Don't hyperventilate and
make yourself dizzy!
14. Let your imagination be your guide when designing,
building and decorating your boat.
15. Have your parents check out Raingutter Regatta sites
on the Internet for tips, ideas, and designs.
The Cub Scout Motto is not "Win, Win, Win". It's
DO YOUR BEST. If you "Do
your best" designing, building, painting, and racing your boat, you are already a winner!