Raingutter Regatta Rules 2016

The Krissy & Friends and Steamboat Tavern Raingutter Regatta boat race is back again for it’s second year as part of the Summer Fundraising Day 2016.

This event is open to everyone!

Entrants (teams or individuals) will need to create a boat (following the specifications below) – you are free to paint and decorate your boat as you chose and prizes will be awarded for design, as well as race winners. Boats can be constructed prior to the day or materials will be provided on the day. Sailboats will race along a specially adapted raingutter filled with water.

All boats and Captains must be registered by 3pm in order to participate.

Trophies will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners of both the Race and for Design, so make and name your boat, assign your captain and RACE!

Good luck!

THE RULES:

1) Boat Specifications:

  • No other form of propulsion besides the sail is allowed.
  • Length: up to 18cm (maximum).
  • Height: May not exceed 18cm from the top of the deck to the tip of the mast.
  • Sail: The sail can be made from any material, but the dimensions should not exceed 14cm high and 10cm wide.
  • Width: There is no official maximum or minimum width for the boat although the width of the raingutter is about 12cm wide and the boat must sit down inside the gutter in order to race.
  • Weight: No weight restrictions.
  • Decorations/Additions: Objects such as sailors, cannons, etc. may be added. All such decorations must be firmly fastened to the boat, and may not be placed in such a manner as to exceed the boat  dimensions as listed above.
  • Bowsprits (large spars projecting forward from the stem) are prohibited in racing competition, as they extend the overall length of the boat, providing an unfair advantage.
  • Body: The body can be made from any materials. It may be shaped, hollowed out, or built up, as long as it meets all other specifications.
  • Boat must be able to carry a Krissy & Friends / Steamboat Lego mascot (these will be provided on the day) from start to finish.

Tip – a winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag.

2) Inspection and Registration: 

Before the race begins, all participating “Captains” must check-in with their boats. Here are the pre-race check-in details:

  • Before a boat may compete in the regatta, it is subject to a technical inspection by the Raingutter Regatta Commodore, to verify that it meets the prescribed specifications (see 1) Boat Specifications above for details). If a problem is noted, the Captain may be asked to correct it before the boat is registered.
  • When the boat passes inspection, it is then registered along with the boat name and the Captain’s name.
  • Registration cutoff will be no later than 30 minutes before race start time for all participants. Boats that have not registered by the cutoff deadline (3pm) will not race, so plan to arrive early enough to get your boat registered.

3) Race Procedure: 

Every race has to have rules, and ours is no exception. Here’s what to expect:

  • Power: No motors, paddles, or other devices allowed. An unattached straw to help direct wind at the sail is allowed, but only the captain can provide the wind.
  • Each race heat will involve two equal lengths of raingutter (approximately 3 metres long) filled with water.
  • The race heat begins once the official starter has placed the competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and commands the boats to “GO!”
  • Pushing the boat forward is NOT allowed while righting a capsized or stuck boat by hand. Pushing may result in disqualification.
  • The first boat to reach the finish line (the opposite end of the gutter) is the winner of that heat. The finish line official(s) will have the final and only say in determining the winner. In the unlikely event of a tie, the heat will be rerun.
  • The race will be run as a double elimination format, with the winners of each heat advancing until the third, second, and first place winners are determined for each rank.
  • First, Second, and Third Places will be awarded either Design or Racing awards.
  • Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator may be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.

Hope you’ve got your thinking caps on – see you on the big day!

Summer Fundraising Day 2016

We are now in our third year of our Summer Fundraising Day, and we want to see you there again!

On the 23rd July, the Krissy And Friends Annual Summer Fundraising Day will return to the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich.

As you probably already know by now, we provide music therapy for children in Suffolk with life changing illness and injury. And we’ve just launched our referral applications!

But back to the event…

First up we have the FAMILY FUN DAY from 12pm-6pm, where we will have family friendly activities from a bouncy castle, raffles, stalls, cake and bake sale, a bouncy castle, acoustic music and much more!

However, possibly our favourite part of the day is the 2nd annual raingutter regatta and boat building – which you can read about in full here.

Then we’ll follow it up in the evening with LIVE MUSIC from 7pm till late, where we will host some of Suffolk’s best bands for a mere £5 entry.

The line-up of which so far includes:

The brilliant three-piece Denial Twist, a garage rock band from Ippo and Colchester, that claim to be influenced by red wine, The White Stripes, Nirvana and Katy Perry!

The Dreggs, who started out as a laugh between the three of them (or really, an excuse for more Les Dawson moments from Kev, drumstick throwing from Rayna and falling over from Seamus), but will now be aired to the public! As as the three of them claim they “can’t sing for toffee”, they’ve managed to bribe/beg/threaten a number of guest vocalists to join them and among them shall be their shipmates from East Town Pirates for a couple of never played live before, new ETP songs. 

The evening will then end with Smart Alex, who are a veritable supergroup of East Anglian punksters. Their set is full of frenetic old school Adicts and Sustained tunes from way back when.

Check out the posters for the event here:

Any further details are to be confirmed, so follow both Our Facebook Event or Our Facebook Page and The Dreggs Facebook event and check back for updates.

Plus if you want to be sure you don’t miss this entertaining evening of fabulous music with a dash of chaos, please contact us for tickets or head over to Steamboat Tavern or Out Of Time Records to pick some up.

Feel free to spread the word, join the Facebook event, invite your friends and family, and we hope to see you there on the big day! 

Referrals Now Welcome…

What a fantastic couple of years we have had and such exciting times ahead.

With your help we are now in a position to support individual children or young people and their families in East Anglia with ‘Therapy Through Music’.

This could mean we fund a course of sessions with a qualified Music Therapist or arrange a bespoke package tailored to meet the individual child or young persons specific need/s.  Bespoke packages could be anything from funding a family trip to see a show to arranging music lessons or providing musical equipment.  Whatever the need we aim to meet it.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A REFERRAL?

Please contact us through our referral page.

WHO CAN REFER ?

We welcome referrals from anyone and everyone.  You do not need to be a professional to make a referral.

We aim to support as many children and young people as possible.  With your help we hope to increase the amount we reach.  Our next fund raising event is our Summer Fundriaser on 23rd July 2016 at the Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich.  We hope you to see you there.

Many thanks from all of us at KFF for your support in getting us to where we are today. Your generosity will benefit many local families.

Marathon Runners: Final Update

As you should know, we had two wonderful people, Clare and Colin, run the London Marathon for us on the 24th of April.

You may have even been following their progress on our Facebook page, but if not… here’s the final summary for you.

First off, we just want to say we cannot thank Colin and Clare enough for their gruelling day. They both finished the marathon and have, at last count, raised approximately £2,000.

We are in the stages of launching our referral process and this money will go a LONG way to supporting many young people and their families. Well done to you both… You are nothing short of amazing!

Clare (aka “Duch … the London Marathon Finisher!”) said earlier this week:

“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster! My legs are finally talking to me again, on Monday morning I had to literally crawl to the bathroom as I just couldn’t walk!

Sooo… I only went and blinkin’ did it!

I just want to say thank you so much for coming down to support me, those that did, because I honestly don’t think I would have been able to carry on after mile 18… I wasn’t in the best of places and coming round the corner and seeing a bunch of you there was just brilliant.

 I’ve had a few people point out that the page was still open for donations, so have seen quite a few more donations come through. I can’t believe how much we’ve been able to raise for you though! 

I hope we have raised enough for you guys to be able to carry on the great work you are already doing to help the kiddies and their families.

Off now to get a pedicure done to thank my tootsies for getting me round without any blisters or losing any toenails!”

For more photos and snapshots of the day, join us on Facebook or Twitter.

2nd Birthday Party

 

We would like you to join us in celebrating our 2nd year fundraising for local families, at our 2nd birthday party.

This is not a fundraising event but is our way of saying thank you for your part in making this past year and our journey so successful!

It’s family friendly so please bring your loved ones with you, and it’ll be taking place on Sunday 8th May 2016 at The Steamboat Tavern from 4.30pm till 7pm.

Follow the event here on our Facebook page.

We hope you can make it!

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Music Quiz

Ahead of our Multi-pub Music Quiz that will be happening in September 2016, we are hosting a one-off Music Quiz Night at The Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich, on Friday the 18th of March from 7pm onwards.

Teams of 4 (max), with a minimum donation of £1pp and there will be a prize for winning team.

For more information, join the discussion on our Facebook event.

KFF music quiz

Please support our Marathon Runners!

Whilst most of us have been getting over our Christmas Cake eating Clare Regale-Day and Colin Russell have been busy training for the Marathon to be held on 24th April 2016.

With our English weather dipping to 1 degrees we cannot thank Clare and Colin enough for their gruelling training programmes. If you see them training along the Thames or over our rural countryside, please give them a wave and a cheer!

Please also follow the links below and support them in helping our young people of Suffolk.

In the meantime, well done to both Clare and Colin and our thoughts are with you!

To donate to Clare and read her story, click here.
To donate to Colin and read his story, click here.

For the Krissy & Friends donation page, click here.

2016 Marathon Runners

We are over the moon that two very brave runners Colin Russell and Clare Regale-Day have chosen KFF to their charity when running the London Marathon on the 24th of April 2016.

We will be watching these guys closely whilst they train ready for this mammoth endurance run and will keep you all updated.

You will be able to sponsor them using our online donation page very soon,  so watch this space!

Here’s two images of one half of the team, Colin!

 

Albion Mills Christmas Shindig Update

This was the Albion Mill Christmas gig, where we were their chosen charity and what a brilliant evening we had just before Christmas.

We spent a night with the Albion Mills boys and were transported back into the brilliance of classic rock and pop of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Local business also supported the event by donating raffle prizes.

The boys managed to raise £686.01, which is an amazing amount from one evening.  On behalf of all at KFF and the young people we aim to support and their families, a big thank you!

Here are a few photos from the evening! (click to enlarge)