Rules for the 2018 Soggy Bottom Cardbord Box Boat Regatta
Official rules for the Rotary Club of Youngtown Soggy Bottom Cardboard Box Boat Regatta 2018 Waverly Lake Park Sunday 4th March
N.B. Cardboard boats are not supposed to last all day.
Add the Rotary Club of Youngtown logo to your boat for a bonus point
DRY BOAT RULES
Rules – boats entered in both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ races must adhere to construction rules for wet race boats. These entries will be entered into an event that ensures boats made of other construction methods are not competing against those that comply with the ‘wet’ race rules.
Boats entered in the ‘dry’ race only can be any size or shape and can be made of ‘illegal’ materials. NO METAL is allowed.
‘Dry’ race boats should encompass the competitors, allowing the competitors to safety run inside the vessel, but competitors may also carry their boat from the outside if they prefer.
‘Dry’ race boats can be built for individuals, couples, or teams of 3 or more. Events will be determined on the day to ensure all competitors are entered in events that provide a fair advantage i..e. all vessels that require a team of 4 people will race in an event with other vessels with teams of 4.
Competitors are encouraged to use their imagination, decorating the vessel and their teams to add to the mayhem.
All competitors in ‘dry’ race must wear joggers or running shoes.
PLEASE NOTE: Dry race participants may encounter spectators with water pistols along the track trying to get them Soggy.
Soggy Bottom Cardboard Box Boat Regatta The primary purpose of the Soggy Bottom Cardboard Box Boat Regatta is to have fun while raising awareness and funds for Youngtown Rotary projects.
All boats are to be made entirely of cardboard and will race around a course at Waverley Lake Park on Sunday 4th March 2018. SOGGY BOTTOM DAY
Race Day Schedule
Boats Check in: 9:00am – 10:30am
Captain/Crew safety briefing: 10:45am
People’s Choice Awards Judging from 10:30am
First race 11:00am
WET BOAT RULES
Class 1 1. Boat design and construction regulations:
Boats should be made BEFORE THE RACE.
Boats must be made ONLY of cardboard and duct tape.
Cardboard cannot be sealed with any paint or sealants.
Duct tape may be of varying colours for creativity but must have come manufactured in said colour.
Boats may be a maximum width of 1.5m and a maximum length of 2.5m.
There is no maximum height requirement.
Boats must be propelled by the use of paddle and/or hands.
Non cardboard paddles are allowed.
If any illegal items used in construction or discovered during the pre – or post –race inspection, the boat will be disqualified.
Use of any pre or post coated cardboard will ensure the boat is entered in the illegal category.
2. Race Format
Boats will need to be designed to carry a minimum of two individuals and allow for easy crew transition.
All crew must be registered and signed in before safety briefing at 10:45am.
Each person will need to be equipped with a PFD (Personal Flotation Device). (not supplied)
Teams consist of 2 or more individuals.
Teams will start in the starting location and will navigate the course returning to the start.
The race must begin and end with the full crew.
Swimming with and/or pulling the boat is allowed.
Interfering with or the use of the dock or other boats will result in disqualification.
Heats will consist of, at most, 4 boats at a time
Time from heats will determine placement for finals. The fastest 4 times from heats will race for the Division Champion.
Boats will be judged on their creativity as part of the pre – race activities.
Teams should be prepared to “show – off” their work upon the start of the judging @ 10am
Categories for judging include:
Design of your space (marquee erected, activities happening around your boat etc.)
Display boats only.
May use other materials in construction but are not permitted to enter the water or compete in water based races.
May compete in any onshore activity.
Eligible for judging in any non-water related award.
****Any rule not specifically covered will be left to the discretion of the race scrutineer **** FAILURE TO ABIDE BY ANY DESIGN OR RACE RULE OR THE DIRECTION OF A RACE OFFICIAL SHALL BE CAUSE FOR DISQUALIFICATION. THE JUDGES’ DECISION SHALL BE FINAL.
Divisions: Division 1
Eldest participant is 12 years of age and under
Sponsored by a rotary club
School /club/organisation entry
13 – 17 years of age
Sponsored by a rotary club
School /club/organisation entry
Division 3 – 18 and Over
Division 4 – Parent/s and children combined
Open Class – open to all legal cardboard boats. Race distance is doubled.
Open Illegal* – Open to any boat that doesn’t meet the above rules
Division 5 – 12 years and under
Division 6 – 13 -17 years of age
Division 7 – 18 and over
Survivors Race* – Open to all boats who have lasted the day
Please note. There are some non-negotiable rules:
EACH PERSON IN THE BOAT MUST WEAR A PFD (Personal Flotation Device),
ANYONE WHO IS BEHAVING INAPROPRIATLEY OR IS THOUGHT COULD CAUSE HARM TO OTHERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND REMOVED FROM THE WATER/RACE.
These two rules relate to all divisions & classes.
PLEASE DO NOT USE:
Paint, varnish or glues – other than for small decoration (not for waterproofing),
Waxed or coated cardboard,
Duct tape, or any water resistant material to fully cover or assist in keeping water out of your boat. Duct tape may be used only at the seams and stress points on all boats,
Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, staples or any kind of metal fastening.
Titanic award - if you are going down, do it in style. Enthusiasm wins.
Best Design – as voted by spectators
Most Outrageous team
Best Team Spirit (i.e.: costumes of crew and pit crew and overall excitement)
Most Artistic – Within the rules and outside
Best Boat Name
Largest Crew – Must all be in the boat and all complete their race
The Viking Cup – Fastest time all day
Division 1 champion
Division 2 champion
Division 3 champion
Division 4 champion (adult and child)
Open Class champion
Open Illegal - Division 5 champion*
Division 6 champion*
Division 7 champion*
*Please note that ALL boats are welcome to compete, but in fairness to those who have followed the ‘rules’ the awarding of prizes is not possible for boats that do not conform with the construction rules. All eligible entries will be given an official number by the race scrutineer.