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November 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
The Rubber Regatta is a makeshift dinghy sailing race, testing participants ingenuity and resourcefulness as they turn their utilitarian dinghies into beautiful, or at a minimum, functional sailboats.
You may not know this, but the rubber dinghy tied up behind your boat has dreams, hopeless dreams. At night it looks out into the distance and allows itself to wonder what life would have been like if instead of being born the slimy-bottomed servant to a larger boat, cursed to be a lifeless coy pond often neglected by its owner, it were a sleek sailing boat. Somewhere in the multiverse where there are no limits and all of us explore infinite possibilities, its stretchy skin is a smooth freshly painted fiberglass hull with a deep keel cutting the water. Instead of an under-serviced outboard, a tall aluminum mast and fresh sails grab onto the wind. Or, dare to think, it has a lapstrake hull lovingly varnished with a spruce mast that plays with the birds. It’s better for your dinghy not to dwell on that fantasy.
The race start is at Gasworks Park at the concrete bulkhead. Racers will start from land and run down to their boats after the starting horn is blown. The only checkpoint is the red mark near MOHAI in South Lake Union. Round the red mark to port and head back to Gasworks. Show up early to get into competitors heads. Stay after to gloat.
Your rubber dinghy may only ever be a dinghy but every boat deserves love and everyone, dinghy’s included, should reach for the stars. You owe it to your rubber friend to make its dreams come true. Assemble whatever materials you can to turn your dinghy into a sexy and capable sailboat. Is it possible to sail a rubber dinghy upwind? I don’t know. We’ll find out.