The Raingutter Regatta is Coming!! Saturday, July 12th, 2014

by on June 24, 2014

raingutter_regatta-trimaran2Everyone in the family is welcome to this fun event.  For those new to the regatta, this is a fun outing where the Scouts propel their home made boats along a “rain gutter” using nothing but air-power.   We will have a separate race for all siblings that want to join in on the fun as well (additional kits are available at the scout shop).  All Scouts should wear their Class B pack t-shirt.

Pre-Race Judging in the following categories starts at 9:45 am:

  • Best maritime theme
  • Most colorful
  • Best scout theme
  • Most patriotic theme
  • Most creative design
  • Best Name

The race will be held at the SAM Lunch Shelter.   Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you have not started creating your sailing craft yet, don’t worry, as a Scout can assemble it in just a few minutes and decorate it any way he wishes. Scouts will be provided a kit at no charge. If you have not received your kit yet, please register HERE and contact Joseph Stambersky as soon as possible!  Please review the Official Rules below prior to building your crafts.


1. Official Kit Required
Note that the boat design has changed this year.  The boat must be newly built for this event. The boat should be substantially built by the Scout. Parental supervision in the construction of the boat is encouraged. The boat should be assembled from the B.S.A. Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Kit parts only. Additional decals, paint, and glue are permitted. (Additional Kits and decals are available at the Scout Shop.)

2. Length, Width and Weight
Outriggers/Hull: The Outriggers must be no longer than 7″ or shorter than 6 1⁄2″. 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. One may not be placed ahead of the other.

Mast: 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. The mast MUST BE perpendicular (90 degrees) to the hull, angling the mast in any direction is not allowed. The mast hole is molded into the top of the plastic hull and is the only placement allowed for the mast. No deviations will be allowed and no modifications to the hole are allowed.

Sail: 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 should be attached securely to the mast or craft.

No other form of propulsion besides the sail and the straw provided is allowed.
Decorations may not be placed in such a manner as to change the boat dimensions as listed above. It is HIGHLY recommended that they be painted or at the very least seal the outriggers to prevent them from retaining water.

Inspection and Registration:
Each boat must pass a technical inspection and be registered before it may compete.

3. Miscellaneous
The boat must be a supplied B.S.A. Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Kit. The sail must be the one supplied with the B.S.A. Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Kit.  Racers cannot touch the craft or water during the race. All competitors and their families are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner consistent with the standards of the Cub Scout Motto. The Derby Chairperson has the right to disqualify those cars from the official scout race that do not meet these specifications. Any disputes, challenges, or controversies shall be resolved by a majority vote of the event executive committee consisting of the Derby Chairperson, Cubmaster and Pack Committee Chair. Please contact Joseph Stambersky for any questions.

Hope to see everyone there!


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