Red Hook Regatta 2022

Pioneer Works proudly presents the sixth 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.

This free event features food from United States of Sandwiches, oyster shucking workshops with The Real Mothershuckers, an interactive biology lab with BioBus scientists, and more community-based activations. It will be DJ'd by Bene Coopersmith from Red Hook's own The Record Shop.

The Red Hook Regatta is produced in partnership with youth and staff from Harbor School, who also participated in a multi-week 3D Design and 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.

Teams will compete to transport “cargo” (foam containers with metal plates) from the beach to designated “crane operators”, who will be receiving the cargo on the pier using fishing rods equipped with red magnetic hooks. Each cargo container picked up by a crane constitutes one point for that boat’s team, and the boat with the most points is the winner.

Size Limit

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


Electronics kits will be provided by Pioneer Works and include:

  • 6 Channel Receiver/transmitter pair
  • Motor and propeller system
  • 2S LiPo 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.

This program is supported in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Best is a partner of Red Hook Regatta.