Bayview resident Mary Body gets ready to race her aluminum-can boat in the Rain-gutter Regatta.
Bayview resident Mary Body gets ready to race her aluminum-can boat in the Rain-gutter Regatta.
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Bayview residents raced their aluminum-can boats down water-filled gutters during the second annual Rain-gutter Regatta on Wednesday, July 31.

Sixteen retirees raced their boats, propelled by handheld fans, at speeds of approximately 3-5 mph, in the single-elimination tournament. Others gathered on the terrace lawn to watch the races when the day’s high reached 82 degrees. 

Bayview resident Al Raymond envisioned the regatta last year while Bayview was undergoing renovations: installing a 10-story elevator; adding nine units to the common area; creating a tenth-floor Terrace Club; building a library; and remodeling the dining area, spa pool and wellness center, according to Bayview staff Heather Smith.

Raymond thought the regatta could boost morale, and he invited the construction crew and residents to the event. He is from Michigan, where he became familiar with rain-gutter regattas, noting drinking beers added to the fun.

Making his boat, he said, “one thing is the wind is right behind you, and the best thing is a balloon spinnaker. I tried to make a spinnaker out of tissue paper and scotch tape."

Raymond raced Mary Body, newlyweds as of December, in the semifinals. Raymond won, reaching the final race against Nancy Marshall, who propelled her boat to victory, receiving the Traveling Bayview Cup. She said it felt silly.

"I cut up the middle and folded it up,” Marshall said.

Asked what was going through his mind, Raymond said, "Don't make no ass out of myself! Mainly, I wanted to get it to the other end.”

Residents enjoyed hamburgers and chips, drank lemonade and walked inside where it was significantly cooler at the conclusion of the races.