I need some input on this. We had our raingutter regatta yesterday and unfortunately it was a disaster from the word go. My husband (cubmaster) called everyone on Saturday (the day before the event) to see how many were coming (we held it at our pool club) and what they were bringing (potluck).
Well, Sunday afternoon comes and 2 people don't show up or don't bring their boat, throwing off the whole grid.
THEN two of the parents/scouts didn't use all the parts in their boat kit. They made their boats catamaran style and left off the mast, simply attaching the sail to the boat. Both those boats won, causing an unfair advantage to everyone else who followed the directions contained inside the box, as well as quite a few angry parents and crying boys.
The guilty parties say there are no *rules* and that the modified boats weren't cheating. The cubmaster offers that perhaps we should have two divisions next year - traditional and modified.
I say FOLLOW THE RULES.
Oh, did I mention someone threw up in the pool?