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Pirates Regatta Aug. 17 on Buggs Island Lake raises money for LSPCA
SoVaNow.com / July 31, 2013The Lake Country SPCA has teamed up with the Clarksville Sailing Club and Virginia Avenue Mall to host the annual “Pirates’ Regatta.” 100 percent of all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the animals at Lake Country SPCA.
The Pirates’ Regatta is an annual affair held on beautiful Buggs Island Lake. The event pits pirate against pirate. The entrants (good pirates) compete against the evil pirates (Clarksville Sailing Club members). Using their watercraft, entrants circle the pirate ship and attempt to land cannon balls (tennis balls) in a net, all the while being fired upon by the pirates with water cannons.
There are two watercraft classes that may participate:
Class A - Sail powered. Only one sail may be used, at the captain’s discretion. In the event of light wind, Captain Jack will make the decision on the use of auxiliary power (outboards).
Class B - Other power. Human-powered (row or paddle), electric-powered (trolling motors) and outboards of 5 HP or less. Examples include: canoes, jon boats, paddle boats, pontoons and fishing boats. Pontoons and fishing boats equipped with larger than 5 HP outboards must raise the prop out of the water and use approved power during competition.
ALL entries must meet minimum Coast Guard safety requirements for that size and design vessel.
The regatta starts off with a Captain’s Meeting at the Clarksville Marina at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. This meeting is to sign up and review the rules and regulations. After the Captain’s meeting, participants are encouraged to bring a picnic/bag lunch for their crew and “raft up” on the water. After lunch, at approximately 1 p.m., the races will begin. Captain Jack will direct the order of run and cannon ball count. Dependent upon the number of participants and time, a second race may be run, for combined scoring by class.
Each participant’s time on course is recorded with each cannon ball (tennis ball) in the target reducing that time. The class winner will be the boat with the fastest final time.
This is a very wet event, so participants are urged to dress appropriately (preferably in pirate attire) and to enjoy the day. Anyone who wants to watch, but not participate, is encouraged to come by boat to be close to the action. Otherwise, viewing opportunities are rather limited since the event takes place between the US 58 Business bridge and the bypass bridge.
Virginia Avenue Mall has created T-Shirts for the event, and will have them on sale at the Mall. The Mall donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Lake Country SPCA.