The Brick Saloon is well known for its 23 foot long running water spittoon at the foot of the bar. But on Saturday, March 14th, the bar stools are removed and the spittoon will be transformed into a 23 foot river raceway that attracts boating competitors from far and wide. There are four separate race classes, but the most fiercely competitive category is the wooden boat class. The Brick will open at 10am on the 14th for weigh in, and the races will kick off at noon. Following the races, be sure to stick around for The Brick Nautical Ball. If you enjoy good beer, fun folks, the spirit of competition, and music that gets you dancing – there is no better event to attend than the Spittoon Races and Nautical Ball at the Brick Saloon.
Official Classes and Specifications:
- Class 1: Soap/Wax boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 2: Wood boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 3: Paper/Plastic boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 4: Motor & Experimental boats (can’t weigh more than 1.5 oz.)
All boats may be waterproofed but must not exceed 3” long, 1 ½” wide and 3” in height. There are no mechanical or other means of propulsion allowed except in the “Experimental Class”. There is a $10 entry fee per boat in all classes except for wood. The wood category is $5 per boat because it is run in a single elimination format until it gets down to the final four, at which time the races turn to double elimination. All other classes are double elimination from start to finish. For more information, visit the Brick’s website. Highlight videos are also available from the 2011 and 2012 races.