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Raingutter Regatta

posted Aug 22, 2013, 5:31 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah   [ updated Aug 23, 2013, 3:12 PM by Zohra Sharief ]

The raingutter regatta is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America that is the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby. The sailboat kit consists of a seven-inch (178 mm) long balsa woodhull, a 6-1/2 inch mast, plastic sail, plastic rudder, and metal keel. Within the basic design rules, Scouts are free to paint and decorate their sailboats as they choose. Modifications for speed include the placement of the keel and rudder and the size, shape and location of the sail. A catamaran is an exceptionally fast design, although this modification is not allowed in all races.

Cub Scouts compete in a raingutter regatta race
Raingutter regatta kit parts: mast, sail, hull, rudder and keel    

The boats are raced in a standard rain gutter that is ten feet long, placed on a table or saw horses, and filled to the top with water. The boats are propelled by blowing on the sail, either directly or through a drinking straw; the boat cannot be touched with hands or the straw. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter is the winner. The overall winner is determined by an elimination system.

On August 25, 2013 at ICNVT at 1:00pm, Pack 114 will be holding this event. They will be building boats with Styrofoam.. Materials will be provided to build more boats for anyone who wants them. This will be a friendly race with no placings and there will be ribbons for participation.

During the end of September and October, Pack 114 will be hosting another regatta, this one unlike the first, being competitive. Kits to make the boats will be sold at the regatta by the Pack

For more information visit the Raingutter Regatta page, one of our fun "Derbies" held in Cub Scouts. How to make a foam sailboat.