Here are images from this years event. The event was a great success and everyone had a great time!
When: Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008, Time: 11:00 am (the event will last 1-2 hrs)
SS American Victory museum ship located just behind the Florida Aquarium at 705 Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa (For directions click on www.americanvictory.org
and select the Locations & Directions tab). The best place to park is at the Florida Aquarium Parking lot which charges $5 per car. The SS American Victory is a ship that has sailed all over the world in support of several wars including World War II, the Korean and VietnamWars. In addition, the ship has provided aid to United Nations Relief Effort Missions. This ship has a colorful history – read more about it on the website noted above.
What: The Raingutter Regatta is an annual Pack 61 event. It is a chance to race sailboats that are built from the BSA Raingutter Regatta kit. The race course is a gutter that is approximately 9 feet long and 6 inches wide. The boys put their boats in at the starting point and use a straw to blow wind in the sail of the boat to propel it to the finish line. The boys may use their hands to right their boats but cannot use their hands to propel the boats. There are 4 gutters total, so there will be two race lanes active at a time. Prior to starting the races, we will provide time for the boys to practice propelling their boats, so they develop a feel for how they need to race. Once we start racing, we will complete the races by age level. The Tigers will race first followed by Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. The top finishers from each age group will then race each other to determine who places first, second, and third. An adult judge will monitor each race to ensure the boys are adhering to the course rules which primarily focus on not using anything but a straw to propel your boat. Violations of the rules will require a race rerun. I have included the rules as the second page of this document. For those of you new to this race, the boats are easy to build. If you have questions, you can call Chris Harbord at 813-432-4715.
Uniform: Scout t shirt.
Rain Gutter Regatta Official Rules
- Hull may be no longer than 7 inches and not shorter than 6 ½ inches.
- Mast should measure 6 ½ inches from desk to top of mast.
- The sail should be no larger than the material supplied in the kit.
- There is no restriction on color or design.
- Boats must be made from the BSA Rain Gutter Regatta kits. However the materials supplied in the kit can be modified and added to somewhat.
- The hull, mast, and sail provided in the kit must be used, however, they can be modified.
- The keel and rudder must be used without modification.
- The sail may be glued to the mast or held in place in some other fashion.
- Boys, when called to race, place boat in gutter and place one hand in front of their sail holding the boat back against the end of the gutter, they hold the straw in their mouths with the other hand and get ready to blow on the word "GO" from the judges.
- When racing boys are allowed to "upright" their boats with their hands, but, cannot push the boats forward when doing so. We will give one warning and run the particular race over if one boy pushes his boat ahead AND that boat wins. We will have to eliminate a boy from racing if he pushes his boat on the restart of a race. We don't want to eliminate a boy from racing.
- The lighter the boat, the faster it will go. However it can be less stable.
- Blowing is typically not a matter of how hard, but how straight.
- Consistent blowing is better than large puffs.
- Ensure your sail is at least 1/2" off the deck of the boat and clip or round the bottom corners of the sail. These measures ensure that the sail does not rub against the side of the gutter which can cause the boat to drag or get hung.
- The flatter the hull the more stable the boat will be. Stability is a key to winning the race.
- Some have had success in placing a groove in the bottom of the boat to help keep the boat going straight.