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boatsThe Brick Saloon is well known for its 23 foot long running water spittoon at the foot of the bar.  But on Saturday, March 10th, 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 11th 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.  Visit the Brick or the Brick’s website to ensure you have the most up to date information and rules, and check out past videos to get a sense of what it’s all about: 2012, 2011.

On March 10th, the Brick held the 24th Annual Spittoon Races and Nautical Ball.  Racers come from all around to share in the festivities and for the chance to take home the title.  Below is a brief highlight video from this year’s event.

On Saturday, March 12th, the Brick came alive for the 23rd Annual Water Spittoon Race & Nautical Ball.  One hundred and eleven boats entered in all – with 73 boats filling out the wood category (other categories included paper, plastic, soap and experimental). The races kicked off at 1pm and continued into the early evening.  Though competition was fierce and beer was flowing, good sportsmanship was a trait shared by all – ensuring that everyone had a great time regardless of how their boats were performing.  A brief video of the event is available below: