The RUSH Regatta

2020 Team RUSH Gutter Regatta

In light of COVID-19, we are changing our normal cardboard and duct tape Regatta. Instead, we are scaling down and having a Gutter Regatta! Each student on the team will create a small boat from a base kit and race them across a gutter as fast as they can. The Gutter Regatta will take place on October 24. ALL sponsors will be on the boat flags. If you are sponsoring $100 or more, please get your sponsorship in soon to be on our annual Regatta t-shirt! If you have any questions, contact Kyle Hughes at khhughes@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Below is the process to sponsor the Regatta:

Sponsorship Step 1


Sponsorship is a 2-step process. First, donate online to our team, or provide a physical check to the student you are in contact with. (If you provide a physical check instead of online, please make your check out to "Clarkston Community Schools", and put either "Team RUSH" or "Mrs. Hughes" on the memo line. Then, you can skip to Step 2.) Second, register with the Google Form below.

To sponsor through eFunds, please click the button below, then select "Pay for Donations to Team RUSH." Here, it will ask you to create an account or continue as a guest. Next, you simply type the amount of money you would like to donate to our team and proceed to checkout. eFunds sponsors will be charged a fee of $2.65 for payments received by credit card and $1.00 for payments received by electronic check. (This means that if you sponsor $100 to our team, you will be charged $102.65 or $101 depending on your method of payment.) After you have completed this step, please move on to Step 2 below.

Sponsorship Step 2


Click the button below to complete your registration with key information, such as your contact information, the student who has contacted you, and how much you are sponsoring. After the completion of the form, you are finished! Thank you for taking the time to donate to our team!

Corporate and Community Sponsorship Information


About * (written as our usual RUSH Regatta)

The RUSH Regatta is a cardboard and duct tape boat race across Deer Lake in Clarkston, Michigan. Team RUSH 27 is split into eight or nine smaller teams, and each is responsible for building a boat based on the rules released each year. Each team also cold calls local companies to fundraise sponsorships. The RUSH Regatta is both an engineering and entrepreneurial challenge for students!

Since we are a large team, there is a large cost for us to travel for our five competitions each year. As our primary funding source, we raise most of our travel money from the Regatta.

Each year, we have a goal in mind to shoot for. Each year, we far exceeded our goal. Due to the amount of money we were able to raise in 2017, we were able to buy a playing field to practice on during the season. Before buying the field, we practiced inside a cold barn five miles away from the school. With the new field, we have been able to practice every day after school and during our lunches, which helped us practice for the Detroit World Championships. We were able to invite nine other teams from around the state of Michigan that played with us or used our field for programming practice.

For the 2018 Regatta, we wanted to raise enough money to buy new uniforms for the students on the team. We use these during our traveling season where we go across the Midwest for different competitions.

Our 2019 goal was to build a new "pit" for competitions. Unfortunately we weren't able to compete with it due to the Coronavirus.

By setting a goal for our students of how much money they need to raise, the RUSH Regatta motivates them and helps possible sponsors know what they are doing for our team.

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more about our Regatta!

Regatta Team Awards (presented to the RUSH Students at the Regatta)

Wicked Fast Watercraft – Presented to the team that wins the actual regatta race.

Enterprising & Seaworthy Sailors Award – Presented to the team that best describes how their boat was engineered and constructed. 2020 this award will be based on Teamwork!

Cash Crusaders Award – Presented to the team that collects the most sponsorship funds.

The RUSH Cup - Presented to the team that earns the most qualifying points in each category.

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