Raingutter Regatta

Raingutter Regatta Details

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


Great video by a Cub Scout that shows you how to build your Regatta.

Here is a video to show you what the race looks like. It really is a blast for the Scouts.

Looking forward to the next Raingutter Regatta?

Check back here for updated information on the next Raingutter Regatta. Check-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

Just like the pinewood derby Cub Scouts are encouraged to make their Boots look good and shaped to cut through the waves with the greatest of ease.... If you boat isn't all that fast, it sure can look good and there could be a prize for that as well.

Race Day Highlights

On race day, there are three divisions...

  1. The Scout Derby - Boat 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 & girls. 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 & 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.