I spoke with the Rubbish Regatta's organizer, Larry, last week.
This is a first time event that was planned in response to last year's flood and all the trasht left on the shores of Saylorville Lake. The Des Moines Sail and Power Squadron focuses on education through its water safety classes. This event is an extension of its education arm.
The Rubbish Regatta course will be set in the water, approximately waist deep, with lanes roped off with fence posts. The participants will be in the water next to their boat able to assist without touching -- blowing or pushing waves of water to move the boat to the finish line.
Three age divisions are planned for the race: 0 - 7 years old, 8 - 12 years, and 12 - 17 years. Because Larry plans to have prizes for everyone (bags of goodies from Scheels) and because it is a first year event, he would really appreciate pre-registrations. He doesn't mind walk-on registrations, but the prize bags will be easier to manage on his end if he has registrations.
He has planned for special prizes for entries in categories. Categories will most likely be something like "looks most like a sailboat," "most imaginative" (junkiest looking), etc. Everyone who performs three hours of lake shore clean-up will be awarded one free night of camping in one of Saylorville Lake's campgrounds.
Details: Rubbish Regatta
no entry fee to participate, just your time and effort
Sat., July 11, 2009
8:30 Sandpiper Beach
1 - 2:30 Boat construction
2:30 Boat races
Register with Larry, 515-257-8143 (local call in Des Moines)