I have been putting on Rocketcar Day for the last 10 years. It a day where people race little cars they’ve made on the streets and see who can get the farthest. It’s great fun but I was really excited to see how it could expand into an event like this.
People gathered at FoAM (where my family and i were artists in residence) and made boats to race on the canal. We had a barbecue and set the boats off in between the passing of large industrial barges. It was great fun and we learnt a lot (really the same as what we’ve been learning from rocketcar day for the last 10 years with a few small additions)
- gotta get your boat straight
- the rocket has to be straight too
- too short, tumbles
- the longer the better, because it doesn’t turn as easily
- too heavy is too slow, but that is often not your problem
- a keel keeps you straight.
- rockets are excellent fun
This is seriously the best video on the matter:
SadMan, at the helm of a folded cardboard number with a drogue, had his own problems
Which were overcome in “The Relationship”. This was a longer version of SadMan’s boat, with it’s engine attatched properly