Old Rules 02: Roth-Quad Regatta

                Every year, for what seems like eons,
the students of Stony Brook hold a race.
Not just any kind of race.
A race of cardboard, paint, and duct-tape.

Old Rules for the Roth Pond Regatta

Eligibility (lifted from official site)
  • Only students, Faculty, staff, or alumni of the State University Of New York at Stony Brook, or anyone else who has previously participated in a Roth Pond Regatta, shall be eligible to participate in the Regatta.
  • Proper ID must be shown at the time of Registration.
Registration Requirements
  • A $5 fee is required from each team at the time of registration, to assist in offsetting the costs of running the Regatta.
  • This fee is non-refundable.
  • Each boat must be given a name. This name may be changed at a later date; however, one must be provided at the time of Registration to assist in bookkeeping.
  • Each boat will be assigned a boat number at the time of registration. This number must be displayed on the boat for identification purposes. This number can not be changed.
The Races
    The races are divided into two subgroups:
  • Speedsters: Any boat crewed solely by one person.
  • Yachts: Any boats crewed by two to four people.
The Boats
    • The following are approved materials for building the boats:
      • Cardboard
      • Duct Tape
      • Rope or String
      • Paint
      • Wax
      • Cloth, only to be used in sails.
      • Elmer's Glue
    • The following materials are strictly prohibited:
      • Styrofoam, in any shape or form
      • Wood
      • Metal
      • Rubber
      • Plastic
      • Staples
      • Milk Crates
      • Contact Paper
      • Anything not listed in the approved materials list.
    • You may bring questionable materials to the Regatta Committee for final approval.
  • Length
    • The maximum length for any boat shall be 20 feet.
  • Propulsion
    • Paddles, for the exclusive use of rowing, may be of any material, and may be prefabricated. No sharp edges are allowed. All paddles will be inspected and must be of a reasonable size. Paddles will not be provided.
    • Sails are allowed, provided the sail area is no greater than one hundred (100) square feet. 
    • Poling/Punting (as in using long poles to push yourself across the pond) is strictly prohibited.
  • No boat constructed for and used in a previous Regatta may be entered in this year's Regatta.
  • The crew may only use one boat for the entire duration of the Regatta. Repairs are allowed between heats; however, the committee is allowed to inspect and approve all repairs being made.
  • Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in disqualification.

The Crew 

  • The captain, who must actually pilot the boat.
  • In the yacht class, up to 3 others as crew.
  • A land crew to aid in getting the boat in the water. The land crew may consist of no more than 6 people other than those actually crewing the boat.
      • Life preservers shall be supplied by the Roth Pond Regatta and must be worn by all crew members riding in the boat. These must be returned immediately following each heat. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
      • Footware (sneakers, shoes, boots) must be worn by all those entering the water. No sandals will be allowed.
      • No projectiles, spikes, explosives, or other implements of destruction may be used; nor any action, direct or indirect, shall be made to cause damage or hindrance to the other boats, or in any way endanger any other person, be they spectator or racer.
      • There will be lifeguards, SBVAC, members of the Roth Pond Regatta committee, and security personnel at the event. It is mandatory that all participants and spectators give them their full cooperation.
      Regatta Procedures
      • Each class will be run in a separate series of heats. The fastest times in each will be used to determine which boats participate in the final heat. The number of entries in the preliminary heats will determine how many boats are in the finals. This w ill be determined by the committee after registration ends.
      • At the start of each heat the boat will be suspended above the water until the start signal is given. At this time, the boat may then be lowered into the water and the crew may enter the boat and begin their journey to the finish line.
      • The Speedster class will run first, followed by the Yacht class heats. The final heat for each will be run in the end to allow more time for repairs to be made.
      • At the end of the regatta, your boat and any pieces from your boat must be disposed of properly. Failure to do so by any team will result in forfeiture of any prizes. A dumpster will be provided for disposal purposes.
      • All decisions of the executive officers and the official judges are final.
      • Best Overall Entry Category:
        • Boats are to be judges on design, appearance, apparent sea-worthiness, and originality.
        • The appearance category can include consideration for costumes worn by the crew.
      • Trophies shall be awarded to the top three of each category.
        • The Roth Pond Cup shall be given to the Yacht Class winner.
        • The Seawolf Cup shall be awarded to the Speedster Class winner.
        • The Staller Cup shall be awarded to the Best of Show.

      *** Notice to All Participants****

      All boats must be walked into the pond region. Cars are not permitted in the quad and any drivers will be fined $100 and given 4 points on their license by Campus Police.

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      04/22/02 JQ.

      PS: RIP Leon (quack!)