First Annual River Rat Recycle Regatta

Capt. Hiram’s Resort Partners with Walking Tree Brewery and Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District for the First Annual River Rat Recycle Regatta 

By Zoe McNeely 

Sebastian, Fla. – (July 26, 2019) – On October 13, 2019 Capt. Hiram’s Resort will play host to the inaugural River Rat Recycle Regatta. The goal of this event is to encourage community fun and raise conservation awareness through a boating race made of recycled materials. 

The primary functions of this regatta revolve around recycling and conversation awareness. The regatta is also intended to raise money for river-conscientious organizations, spark community connectivity on recycling, and promote river cleanliness and conversation in a fun and collaborative way. Businesses and families alike can build a boat and participate in the friendly competition. 

Capt. Hiram’s Resort is proud to be working with Walking Tree Brewery and Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District (SWDD) to host the River Rat Recycle Regatta. Daniel Rey of Walking Tree Brewery and Sue Flak of SWDD have both expressed the need for education and awareness about recycling efforts in Indian River County. This event is centered around a sense of community and raising awareness about river conservation and recycling in a creative and engaging way. As a community it is important that we all come together to take care of our waterways so that future generations can continue to appreciate the beauty of nature here in Indian River County. 

Race Overview 

Your mission is to be a part of a 4-person team and build a small watercraft and cross your fingers it floats and makes it to the finish line!

Each vessel is built from approved recyclable materials (and a few exception items so the boat stays together) and manned by a 4-person team. The floatable creations are required to navigate a water course route without leaving any part or parcel of your creation in the Lagoon. Cross the finish line with all original contents of your vessel and your 4-person team and see if your finish time makes your team the crowned regatta winners!   

The race will take place on Sunday October 13, 2019 at Capt. Hirams Resort on Bimini Beach. Event check in is from 8:00am – 9:00am and the race begins at 10:00am. Sign up online at 



ENTRY FEE | $100 per team 

PERKS RECEIVED | T-shirt & a brew (21 yrs+)

Regatta Rules and Regulations 

  • Each team may enter one boat in the race
  • Boats must be constructed from 100% approved recyclable materials.  No boat parts, man-made items or glass may be used in the construction 
  • All boats must be human powered 
  • All crew members must wear a USCG approved floatation device 
  • Boats are to be manned by a crew of four 
  • All four crew members must be on board when launched and back on board at the finish line
  • During the duration of the race one crew member must always remain on the boat  
  • All boats must adhere to a MAX 200 lbs. 
  • 5 boats per race heat 
  • Boat name marked on the vessel 
  • All teams are responsible for assuring that all parts of their boat return safely to shore, and no parts are left behind to avoid disqualification

Recycled Material Guidelines

Each boat has a weight limit of 200 lbs. and the water to navigate is less than 3 feet deep. 

Build Your Team

Put together your 4-person team and let’s float! To sign your team up for the regatta please visit 

Bragging Rights

No race would be complete without trophies and bragging rights! And all trophies will be constructed out of 100% recycled materials.

    • (1st – 2nd- 3rd) 
    • Top 3 fastest race times
    • Boat theme 
    • Team energy and fun factor
    • Slowest team 
    • Most spectacular capsizing

How to Get Involved

There are three sponsorship level opportunities for this event. If you are interested in becoming involved as a sponsor please visit 

  • ADMIRAL Sponsor ($1,500)
  • CAPTAIN Sponsor ($500)
  • FIRST MATE Sponsor ($250)

Contact Info

1606 N. Indian River Drive 

Sebastian, FL 32958


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