2016 Kansas City Trashboat Regatta

23 06 2016

The Regatta returns for another rubbish-raft river float of soggy, boggy adventure on August 7, 2016.  Following back-to-back with Singlespeed KC 2016, brace yourself for a weekend of lo-budget dirtball good times.

Meet us at Kaw Point at 1:00 p.m. for launch. Landing at Riverfront Park in the East Bottoms around 3:00-ish.

Expect the usual – Prizes.  Lots of prizes, many of them terrible.  Food.  Drink.  Irreverent attitudes toward good taste.  No bagpipes.  Bragging rights.  Strange things floating in the water.

Be there or be tuna-shaped!

Registration is now open

9 05 2016


Registration is free. It is not required, but it is recommended.

Registration puts you in the running for prizes. Registration helps me plan for refreshments at the after party.

Registration makes your pelt shinier, your buttocks tighter, and identifies you as a generally hoopy frood.

You know you want to…register now!

Where it all begins

24 06 2016

Here is a map of how to get to the 7th street boat ramp – with driving instructions and detail views.



What Can You Do To Help

14 07 2014

Greetings and sailutations, trashbuddies. Dread Pirate Meetzorp here, thrilled to the gills with all of the awesome boats, boaters and spectators who made it out to the Regatta yesterday. Warms the cockles of my cockles to see so many people up for a cheap-n-muddy good time.

Rightio, so I will be coming back again-again later to do a massive photo post, but right now I want to answer the question I got asked the most times yesterday: “How can I help further this awesome event?”

The biggest thing anyone can do to promote the Regatta is to participate. The Trashboat Regatta is a low-budget, low-tech, low-glitz, high-fun event. If we’re to keep it dirty, free, and punky, what we need is more boats and more pirates.

If you, yourself aren’t up to building a boat or sailing on a crew, surely you know somebody who is. Your whacky niece who furnished her entire apartment via dumpster-diving. Your dirtbag neighbor who built a smoker out of a wrecked Chevette for his annual deer-jerky extravaganza. Your old shop teacher who now hosts highschool robotics competitions. You know somebody who scavenges, who repurposes, who builds weird stuff for fun. Tell them about what we have going on. Encourage them to get their feet muddy and earn up some big, fat bragging rights.

The Trashboat Regatta is, in its very essence, a slightly-grungy niche hobby. Slick advertising campaigns aren’t likely to bring out too many more trash-rats, but gentle persuasion in the right places, will coax more of our kind out of their dumpsters and on to their rightful river-borne glory.

So, if you want to help the Kansas City Trashboat Regatta continue to be a free, slightly-chaotic, damp, artistic, vaguely-malodorous, and generally hoopy event, just spread the word, word-of-mouth. You know us, and you know more people like us. I think that together, we can maintain an organic evolution for our non-biodegradable event. Keep you eye on this site and on our Facebook group. All the goods that are good to go will be here and there.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to play on Saturday. If you hadn’t put so much work into building your boats and having a good time, there wouldn’t be any Trashboat Regatta.

Huge big love,


Regatta made the papers!

10 07 2014

Getting some hype this year for the festival on July 12th! In case you didn’t have a chance to see it for yourself, here are some quick links to the media’s take on all of our down and dirty sailors.

KC Fox 4



Punk Rafting!

7 07 2014

Shanty boat builder Bob Elderberry is a aristocrat of our time! This fearless adventurer has a has helped build many DIY rafts taking them on various expeditions on the waterways of Oregon and California. Bob and his scalawags are modern day Huck Finns and  get to experience the drifting American landscape in ways that many of us have long since forgotten. Check out these simply made tire inner tube floating rafts and there journey thru the West! Flickr- Punk Rafting

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Words from Bob Elderberry about the journey-

Another year in which we took a punk rafting trip on a major American river. We built rafts out of found and scavenged materials and floating for two weeks, Huck Finn-style, downriver. A few of us have done this for a few summers now, and the experience has been life changing. This year we floated the Willamette River from in June from Eugene to Newberg (within 50 miles of Portland).

We met in Eugene, built our rafts and launched as a punk raft flotilla. Many folks (about a third of the 25 people on the trip) hopped freight trains to get there. Of the seven rafts that launched, five made the entire trip, and two sunk. All people and dogs survived (though equipment was lost). This is was not white water rafting. We’re talking a river with at most class one and a half rapids. A mostly floating river, punctuated by moments of terror and adrenaline. A lazy hot summer day eating found apples sort of river. A trip that will remain low on specifics, high on general concept, mood, and emotion. Part of an experiment and a belief in the power of boredom to inspire.”

The Water Bug

7 07 2014

The Water bug is a paddle wheel trashboat created in Chicago by the beautiful minds of the Wurlington-bros! They have an amazing bank of images that details about the construction of the boat and then there voyage down river. If you were ever going to construct a peddle powered paddle wheel boat these boys are a great reference point to get you started! Find more about the building details here http://www.wurlington-bros.com/trashboat/2007/08/building_the_frame.html

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Flickr album-
Voyage of the Water Bug


Aaaaand the winner is…

7 07 2014

This year’s prizes may be better than ever before. Ahem. And by “better” I mean that the word “scrotum” can be applied in describing at least one item. Dunno if you want to consider this in incentive or a warning, but I’m telling you now, there’s shit to be won, and won’t nobody be going home empty handed. As always, consider this a promise and a threat. Y’arr.

The event listing on the ole’ FB-
6th (& a Bit) Annual Trashboat Regatta


Good advice on Cola Kayaks

12 05 2014

Tis’ the season for the plastic bottle kayak!

11 05 2014

Here are some beautiful simplistic designs for an easy beginners craft. These bad boys are light weight, easy to transport, and glide thru the water like nobodies business!

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