Buccaneer Regatta

Buccaneer Regatta Rules

Boats propelled by any kind of rowing oars or single blade canoe type paddles or other propulsion methods such as sails, paddlewheels, etc. will compete for the trophy. No motors will be allowed.

A. The Hull

  1. The hull construction material must be corrugated paper more commonly known as "cardboard." 
  2. Non-corrugated cardboard may not be used. 
  3. Any type of corrugated paper/cardboard may be used, e.g. waxed, waterproof, etc. 
  4. Any weight or thickness of corrugated paper/cardboard is permitted. 
  5. All major and minor supports for the hull must be corrugated. No other material may be used to give the hull support. 
  6. Corrugated cardboard cannot be bonded to any other substance. This means vinyl coating like Saran Wrap, plastic sheets, or covering the hull entirely with tape is not permitted. 
  7. Any tape can be used on seams, but may not extend more than three (3) inches from a seam, edge, or stress points. 
  8. You must be in or on the boat at the time of finish to qualify for a trophy. 

B. Other Boat Parts

  1. Materials other than corrugated cardboard can be used for boat parts that are added to the hull. For example, wood, metal, or non-corrugated cardboard can be used for oar locks, rudder, centerboard, support area for the mast, etc. However, (and here is the catch) they may not contribute to the overall structural makeup of the boat in any but a minor way. So, if you have a 10-foot boat with 5-foot long oar locks that make the boat stiffen, it isn't going to fly (or float) in the Regatta. Sheet metal is not permitted. 
  2. Oars, paddles, paddle wheels, and other propulsion devices, steering systems, masts, booms, and/or sails need not be corrugated cardboard. 
  3. Seating need not be corrugated cardboard. Corrugated seats need not be removable and thus can be part of the boat structure. Non-corrugated seats must be removable and cannot be attached to the hull structure. Be careful here. If it's not too large, the judges can consider it contributing to the hull structure and will not be allowed. 
  4. Any long, rigid supports other than corrugated cardboard, whether attached to the hull or not, that significantly contribute to the rigidity and strength of the hull may not be used. 
  5. Materials that provide extra floatability or buoyancy are not permitted (e.g. Styrofoam). 

C. Waterproofing

  1. Hulls can be waterproofed with any one-part substance. There are many commercial preparations available. Several coats of varnish, shellac, polyurethane, or some house paints have worked well. SECRET HINT: don't forget to waterproof the inside where water can splash in. No tar paper is allowed. 
  2. Two-part waterproofing substances are not allowed. These include epoxy, fiberglass paints, and varnishes that require the addition of a catalyst. 
  3. The hull may not be wrapped in plastic or any other substance. The hull may not be covered entirely by tape. use of tape: see rule A7. 

D. Other Materials

  1. Sailboats: materials other than corrugated cardboard may be used for sailboat masts and sails. See rule B1. 

E. Safety

  1. All participants are required to wear Coast Guard-approved PFDs (life jackets). 
  2. For safety's sake, boat should be constructed with easy entry and exit. 
  3. Participants must remove all potentially dangerous objects from their pockets, such as sharp objects, knives, pens, etc. 
  4. Hulls may not contain sharp or pointed objects, sharp objects, or anything else that may pose a danger. 
  5. Children 5-11 years old may participate in the boats with an adult. 
  6. Unsportsmanlike conduct will disqualify you. 
  7. The use of pyrotechnics (fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.) of any kind is not allowed and will result in disqualification. 
  8. All participants will be responsible for removing their boat debris from the lake and beach area. 
  9. Consumption of alcoholic beverages or substances that might impair a participant's judgement will not be permitted before or during the race. No alcohol is permitted. 
  10. All participants must be able to swim. 
  11. The passenger area of the boat must not be permanently enclosed above the shoulders of the occupants. 
  12. Each occupant must be visible while the boat is in the water. 

F. Boat Appearance/Names

  1. Individual Entries: anything goes - boat names, sayings, marriage proposals, or your Uncle Ralph's seldom-used nickname, but please refrain from profanity. After all, this is a family fun event. 
  2. Group Organization - Anything goes, but please remember this is a family fun event. 

G. Boat Size

  1. Boats must be somewhere in between a doll's bathtub and the Queen Mary in size. All crew members must be in or on the boat at the time of finish.