2019 Red Hook Regatta

Pioneer Works proudly presents the fifth annual Red Hook Regatta—a community event where hundreds of spectators gather on Valentino Pier to watch homemade boats navigate the rough seas of New York City’s shipping harbor. The Regatta will be emceed by Eugene Harris and will feature boats made from the following students: Malik Boston, Michael Williams, Damon Green, Suvanna Cruz, Larry Perez, and Lacy Zimmerman. This event will have free catered food and half time entertainment including music by Red Hook Record Shop owner Bene Coopersmith, a dance performance by Cora Dance, and activations by Pioneer Works artists and staff such as the VR film Dreams of the Jaguar’s Daughter by Alfredo Salazar-Caro.

The Regatta is produced in partnership with youth and staff from Red Hook Community Justice Center and Red Hook Initiative who also participated in our 8-week 3D Printed Boat Program. 


Boat Requirements & Info

For the 3D-Printed Boat Race, all boats must have a 3D-printed hull and must be majority 3D-printed. Parts that are not 3D-printed may be used when necessary (for example: water seals, mechanical parts).

For the General DIY Boat Race, all boats must be homemade, but there is no restriction on materials used. This race allows boats using laser-cut components, 3D-printed components, plastic, foam, wood, and more.

Size Limit

Boats in all races must fit within a 2’x2’x2’ box.


Electronics kits will be provided by Pioneer Works and include:

  • 4 Channel Receiver/transmitter pair
  • Motor and propeller
  • 7.4V 3300mAh Battery
  • Speed Controller
  • Steering Servo
  • Deck plate for access to electronics
  • Rubber Tubing

Teams may replace or upgrade any elements of this kit if they wish.

Registration is now closed.

This program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.