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Raingutter Regatta



Official Raingutter Regatta Rules

Trimaran Series

The Raingutter Regatta is a parent-Scout project. Please feel free

to give guidance and minimal assistance, appropriate to the age

of your Scout, as he builds his Raingutter Regatta boat. This is a

chance for your son to be part of a team (during boat

construction) and to enjoy the spirit of friendly competition with

his peers. Since this is a scout powered event, the object is to

have the boats as equal as possible and have the race rely on

the Scout himself.

Participation Rules:

· The competition is open to all Scouts in Pack 124

· Each participant may enter one boat in the competition.

· The boat must have been built during the current school

year. Boats that have competed in a previous year are not

permitted.

Event Format:

· Races will be conducted in two raingutters of equal length

filled with water.

· Participants will race with other Scouts

· The competition will be run as a double elimination

tournament (at a minimum)

Boat Specifications:

· 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 substitutions are allowed!)

· Outriggers/Hull: 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.

· One may not be placed ahead of the other. The mast may

not be higher than 7” from the deck, nor shorter than 6” from

the deck.

· Basically, the Trimaran Boat should look like a Trimaran Boat

displayed on the box. The boat requires no keel or rudder and

none may be added.

· 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 may only be attached to the mast by glue

(this is highly recommended), no mechanical fasteners will be

allowed and the sail may not be in contact with any part of the

boat except the mast.

· 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. The mast

MUST BE perpendicular (90 degrees) to the hull, angling the

mast in any direction is not allowed.

· Decorations may not be placed in such a manner as to

change the boat dimensions as listed above. It is HIGHLY

recommended that the boat be painted or at the very least seal

the outriggers to prevent them from retaining water.

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Once the race begins, the boat may not be altered, including

 

applying any materials to the bottom of the boat.

 

 

Competition:

· The race begins once the official starter has placed the

competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and

commands the Scouts to "GO!"

· On the starter's command, the Scouts will blow through the provided straw
 
into the sail of their boat in order to advance them through the water. The

boat can only be propel by blowing into the sail.

· I f a boat capsizes or becomes stuck, the participant may only

correct the issue by blowing (they cannot touch the boat unless

instructed by the race official).

· Once the race is started, the boat may not be touched,

unless instructed by the race official.

· The first boat to impact the end of the Raingutter with its

nose will be considered the winner of that heat. The finish line

official will have the final and ONLY say in determining the

winner of that heat. If the finsh line official determines the race to

have finished in a tie, that heat will be immediately re-run.

· I f a boat becomes damaged, and upon the officials

permission, the Scout may be allotted a short span of time to

make (reasonable) repair to the boat before the next race. Time

will be determined by the race official ONLY.

· Ungentlemanly or Un-Sportsman like conduct WILL NOT be

tolerated from any participant or SPECTATOR and will be

grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or race area.

· All decisions by race officials are FINAL. Remember this is a

friendly sporting competition.

Rewards and Recognition:

· SPORTSMANSHIP and FUN are the main objectives for the

Scouts and all to enjoy. The most important values in Raingutter

Regatta competition are parent/son participation, good

sportsmanship and learning how to follow rules.

· Awards will be given for the First, Second and Third place

finishers.