Raingutter Boat Racing - How To Make A Fast Regatta Boat

Keep Your "Oars" in the Water

"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord."
Proverbs 16:33

You now have a fast regatta boat! The best you, your club regulations and science have to offer. But there are a few things to do on the day of the regatta itself that may give you an advantage over some unexpected events.

Race Preparation

  1. Prior to the regatta, you can wax your hull or smear a very thin coat of vaseline on the part that touches the water.
  2. At the weigh in, bring a tool kit and some extra weights. There should be some tools at the event, but they may be in use when you need them the most.
  3. Keep an eye on your boat. The rules do not allow ANYONE to touch your boat except you.
  4. Before the race, take some deep breaths, but don't make yourself dizzy.
  5. Use your hand to steady your boat in the water, but then move it out of the way.
  6. Don't be nervous, just excited.
  7. Don't drag your hair through the water. It can give you an unfair advantage and may disqualify your run.
  8. Remember to have fun.


You've tried very hard to take control over your boat's speed factors through good design, construction procedures and practiced blowing. These have allowed you to avoid many possible problems that might occur during the regatta. But other events are still outside of your control. Be prepared for this reality also.

Waves in the gutter can cause drift and rubbing against the edge of the gutter. They may swamp your boat!

Maintaining your attitude in the face of unexpected events will indicate whether you are winning a far more important race.

"As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man."
Proverbs 27:19
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