Notice of Race

Chesapeake Outdoor Group’s

Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta

To Benefit Back Creek Conservancy

Saturday, September 24, 2016


The Chesapeake Outdoor Group (COG) is proud to announce the 1st Annual Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta.  Skippers and spectators are welcome to attend this fun charity event under the Big Tent at Eastport Democratic Club on Saturday, September 24, 2016.


The Event

This regatta allows skippers to exercise their ingenuity in creating the fastest model sailing yacht from common items and at least one empty beer can  To ensure fair competition, all boats must be able to fit within the provided 5 gallon “bucket”. All boats will be measured and examined for compliance prior to racing. 


Competitors may elect to sail in the following classes (subject to approval by the race committee, and minimum number of eight entries per class):

  • One Design Sport Class (must use materials supplied and use 2 intact provided cans in constructions)
  • Grand Prix (Very few rules almost - outside materials allowed).
  • Sponsor Challenge (for local businesses, various sponsorship levels available)


Sport class entrants will receive buckets and the materials with which to build their boats at the Skippers’ Meeting on Saturday, September 17, 2016 to be held at the Eastport Democratic Club (See Below).  Additionally, class rules and sailing instructions will be presented and reviewed.  It is strongly recommended all competitors attend to learn about the rules concerning this year’s regatta.  



Racing will be conducted in a “round robin” format, allowing all competitors in a class to race one another and participate in multiple races.  Class winners will be determined by the best score across all races.  The Grand Prix class winner will have the skipper and boat name engraved on the perpetual trophy hosted by the Boatyard Bar and Grill and will be awarded the coveted Beach Cruiser bike. Other prizes will be awarded to the top competitors.


Preliminary Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 17:  Skipper’s Meeting 1700-1900  (5:00-7:00p) Eastport Democratic Club


Sat. September 24th: “Open Course”                                     1100-1200

                        Boat Measurements                                        1130-1200

                        Round Robin Racing                                      1200-1500  (12-3p)

                        Sponsor Class Racing                                     1530 or thereabouts (3:30pm)

                        Trophy Presentation                                        1700 or thereabouts


Oktoberfest Saturday September 24th,

Open to Public $10 donation                                 12:00 pm

Beer and Food Sales

Children’s Craft Corner Open

Best Dressed Dog                                                   2:00 pm

Adult Races                                                            3:00 – 4:00 pm

Preregistration required, teams will be called to the start line by emcee.

Last Call for Beer/Food Tickets                             5:00 pm

Close Beer and Food Outside                                 5:30 pm

Spectators and Social

Spectators are welcome to partake in the day’s activities for a $10 donation. Food, drink and music throughout the day and spectators are also invited to participate in plastic duck races. 


Competitor Entry Procedures, Fees and Deadlines

In the interest of fair racing, entries will be limited.  Secure registration can be completed at  The tax-deductible registration fee for competitor entry is $40.00 for members and $60.00 for non-members.  Registration includes entry to the regatta, party and materials for the construction of the boats. Sponsor class entry is $300.00 (See sponsor package on COG website).  All proceeds are to benefit the Back Creek Conservancy and are tax deductible.



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