By Meg Rhoades

It is that time of year again. The Great Bathtub Boat races are 4 weeks away and now is the perfect time to start building your bathtub.  This exciting event has been voted the #1 Wackiest Race in America by FOX News. Each year we hear spectators say “Next year I am entering!” Our regular participants are getting geared up and working on their tubs, now it is time to give them some extra competition. Not sure where to start? Come down and talk to us. We may be able to help with ideas to get your tub completed.

The event kicks off Friday June 23rd with the Bathtub Boat Show in the Shopko parking lot from 6:00-8:00pm. Come vote for your favorite bathtub grab a burger or chorizo and pick your lucky duck for the rubber ducky race on Saturday. T shirts, sweatshirts and the commemorative cup will be available for purchases that evening as well.

Saturday the 24th the entry fee for Cave Lake State Park will be $10.00/ vehicle. Vendors open and the DJ will begin playing at 11:00 am. The Ruth Fire Department will have their chorizos, burgers and hotdogs for sale, the White Pine Chamber will be there to serve up your favorite cocktail and additional vendors will be available also.

As usual, there will be the rubber ducky races, and the canoe and kayak race after the tub races are completed. Canoes are provided but if you would like to participate in the kayak races you will have to bring your own kayak. That evening there will be an amazing fireworks display on the lake. The show usually starts around 9:00pm. So come early, get a spot, fish, hike, swim, visit with family and friends and enjoy a great day.

The rules are:

Bathtub Rules

All Motorized and Non-Motorized Entries

1. You must use a commercially manufactured bathtub. If these bathtubs have four legs you should remove the legs. Tubs must be a complete bathtub able to hold a minimum of 40 gallons of water up to the rim with all facet, overfill, and drain holes plugged.

2. The bottom two inches (2”) of the tub must be painted a safety orange. The tub must draw at least that at rest in the water with crew in tub. A crew member must be in the tub during the race.

3. Flotation must be able to buoy the tub and crew.

4. Human muscle, wind, or a combination of wind and human power can propel the tub.

5. Each entry must have a minimum of a 3” diameter metal Tow Ring ¼ inch thick in the center of the most forward or aft end of the entry bathtub. It must be readily accessible for a tow boat or watercraft to snap onto with a rope in order to tow the bathtub to the starting line or back to the dock.

6. Each entry must have a 3/8” diameter anchor rope or line at least 50 ft in length attached to the tub. This line must have a float or buoy attached to the other end.

7. Each team/crew member must wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (no belts or inflatable life preservers) at all times when in or about the water. All Nevada Department of Wildlife Boating Regulations must be adhered to.

8. The name and/or assigned entry number must be prominently displayed on both sides of the tub. It is recommended that the letters or numbers be large enough to be visible to the race officials and spectators.

9. The race will be held at Cave Lake State Park on Saturday, June 24, 2017 between 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all entries must be signed-in prior to 1:00 p.m.

10. No tub can be fitted with, towed or pushed along with any type or style of watercraft. Example: motor boat, canoe, or jet-ski. The judges will have final say on any decision in regards to this or any rule. If you have a question please contact us prior to the event.


Motorized Entries

1. Each tub propelled by a gas or electric motor must have the motor securely attached to the entry.

2. All batteries whether used for starting or power must be sealed or AGM type; and strapped onto the entry. No acid type batteries will be permitted!

3. All fuel tanks must be secured to the tub and capped. In case the tub sinks we do not want fuel leakage into the lake while we retrieve the tub.

4. There will be categories or classes based on the horsepower of the different entries. For example 1 to 10 horse power, 10 to 20 and so on.

5. All motors must be off prior to manning or exiting the tub.

*The judges reserve the right to make final decisions based upon their discretion.

*Final instructions and course rules will be given the day of the event due to the possibility of inclement weather.