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2016 Raingutter Regatta schedule

It's time for the Raingutter Regata.....    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 wood hull, 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.   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

8:30AM - 10:00AM Official Race Check-In, cars must be checked in by 10am to be run with the Scout boats.

10:00AM - 10:30AM Flag/Opening Ceremony & Scout Voting on Derby Entries

10:30AM - Racing Begins

Race Order




Webelos 1

Webelos 2



The races and activities are expected to last until approximately 1:30PM.

Food(pizza) and other concessions will be available for purchase @ 12:00PM.

Looking back
Being the first year we are doing the official derby this will be updated in the future..

Looking forward to the 2016 Raingutter regatta
Check back here for updated information on the October 2016 Raingutter Regatta.  Weigh-ins start at 9am, racing starts at 10am prompt.  Snacks, lunch foods, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser.  This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.
"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.


Race Day Highlights

On race day, there are three divisions...  

1) The Scout Derby - Car must be checked during published check-in times to qualify.  

                           Scouts should be wearing Class A uniforms for the event. 
2)The Leader Derby - with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year. 
                                 Life is not fair boys.  Live with it.
3) The Family Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars.  Kids in sixth grade or above
                                  will be disenfranchised in the parent division.  Bring Kleenex.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized.  But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware.  Especially the leaders who battle and fudge and manipulate their way to the oh so awesome victory lane for that oh so elusive glass of milk.

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine.  We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools.  The boys are not permitted to use power tools but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly.  Parents are encouraged to assist the child but they should let the child do most of the work.

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Raingutter Regatta Derby Kit" which includes The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.

Printable Rules
We will post the printable rules below when they become available

Just for fun.....

Raingutter Regatta

Regatta Particulars

Race Day: 10/22/2016
   Check in: 
      Begins..: 8:30am
      Ends.....: 9:45am
Tune-up Clinic: