Official Raingutter Regatta Rules
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.
· 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
· 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)
· 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
· 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.
Once the race begins, the boat may not be altered, including
applying any materials to the bottom of the boat.
· 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