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2014 Raingutter Regatta

posted Oct 16, 2014, 9:43 AM by Webmaster Pack30

After a small ordering delay, we were able to get the Regatta boats from the Scout office on 10/14/2014.  We will try to get these boats to you in a timely fashion, either through your den leader or at school.  The actual race will happen during our pack meeting on November 12th in the Randall Gym.

The boats this year are slightly different than last year.  The new ones are called Trimaran.  The instructions in the box give you the basic layout of how to make them.  This is a parent-son project, so 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 scout to be part of a team and enjoy the spirit of friendly competition with their 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.

 Boat Specifications:

1.      Boats must be made from the official BSA Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Boat Kit NO. 612513. 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). If you are missing parts in your kit, contact your Den Leader for replacements. If in the process of building, the kit becomes damaged beyond repair or the Scout would just like to start over, a new kit may be purchased for $5.50 (The first has been purchased for you by the Pack).

2.      Outriggers/Hull: The Outriggers must be no longer than 7" or shorter than 6 ½". The finished boat must be 3-1/4" wide (any wider and it may not fit in the raingutter), 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.

3.      Sail: The sail provided in the kit must be used. 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, no mechanical fasteners will be allowed and the sail may not be in contact with any part of the boat except the mast.

4.      The mast hole is molded into the top of the plastic hull and is the only placement allowed for the mast.

5.      No other form of propulsion besides the sail is allowed.

6.      Decoration such as sailors, cannons, Lego figures, etc. may be added as long as they are firmly fastened to the boat. The decorations may not be placed in such a manner as to change the boat dimensions as listed above.

Rules:

1.      Registered Scouts and their siblings may enter the competition. Each competitor is limited to one boat.

2.      The boat must have been built using only the kit handed out at the Pack meeting or purchased (BSA Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Boat Kit NO. 612513).

3.      The Pack will supply the boat free of charge to all registered Cub Scouts of Pack 30.

4.      If your son has siblings that would like to participate, you may purchase boat kits for them at the Scout shop for approximately $5.50/boat.  

5.      If 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.

6.      Only the race official can determine if a race needs to be rerun due to boat damage or outside interference.

7.      All decisions by race officials are FINAL. Remember this is a friendly competition. SPORTSMANSHIP and FUN are the main objectives for the Scouts and all to enjoy.

 

Inspection and Registration:

1.      Prior to inspection and registration you may take a practice run.

2.      Each boat must pass an inspection and be registered before it may compete. (If it looks like the boat in the instructions and fits in the raingutter you should be okay.)

3.      Please allow yourself time to pass inspection and make any small adjustments as needed before registration cut-off.

If you have any questions about this, or while you building your boats, please ask.

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