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Pack 959 Raingutter Regatta 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007 11:46:06 AM - Monroe Ohio

by Karen Baker, Wolf Leader

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Monroe United Methodist Church (Rear Shelter)

6:15-6:35 p.m. Check-In

6:40 p.m. Race Begins

Ahoy, mates! This could be the sailing regatta of the century! Although the seas are only 10-foot lengths of raingutter filled with water, and the ships a mere 6 inches long, the race is a very exciting event. Each boy builds his own boat with supervision and help from parents or other family members. He also provides the wind for the sail with his own lung power.

The regatta boat kit, provided by the Pack from the Scout Shop, has a pre-shaped balsa hull, metal keel and plastic rudder and sail. The hulls are sanded, shaped, and painted. Hull and sail are then decorated. The boats race in pairs on raingutter courses, propelled by the boys blowing into the sails with a drink straw.

The actual “race” will be divided into age categories: Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Each age group will race amongst themselves in double-elimination format. The top three finishers in each category will advance to a packwide championship. The race will involve two lanes of “rain gutters”. The boys are to blow air on the boats in order to advance them through the water. Hands are only to be used to upright a turned over ship, and are not to be used to advance the boat.

In addition, boys should not use their faces, lips, hats, nose or other bodily parts to move the boat – just the air in their lungs!

Cub Scout Pack 959 ∙ Monroe, Ohio ∙

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