Plywood Vessels Compete in Key West 'Minimal' Regatta

Nearly two dozen teams raced vessels made of thin plywood, duct tape and other bare-bones materials during the annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta in Key West, Florida, on Sunday, May 29.

Video released by Florida Keys News Bureau shows the “sink or swim” challenge, a Memorial Day weekend tradition at the Key West Historic Seaport.

According to the entry requirements, teams are allowed to use three sheets of plywood, fasteners and duct tape, with “no caulking or adhesives” allowed.

A crowd of spectators cheered as a member of each team attempted to navigate the regatta’s course while keeping their makeshift craft afloat.

Prizes were awarded for the fastest boats, most creative designs, best paint jobs, best costumes and sportsmanship. The “sinker” awards recognized the least seaworthy vessels. Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau via Storyful

Video transcript

- We got team CTV, oh, and down she goes.

- OK, we'll try. We'll try.

- We got--

- (GROANS).

- Go, you should have been wearing your helmet, Caroline.

- [INAUDIBLE] as you said, go with the flow.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE], you can do it.

- Also, Em, on the side of the boat on the [INAUDIBLE].

- Look good, Jess. Just take your time.

- --followed by Captain--

- [INAUDIBLE]

[CHEERING]

- Captain Chris Green.

- Giving some advice on how to do this because [INAUDIBLE] is hanging in the ceiling here at [INAUDIBLE].

- Approaching the finish line, always at the finish line, cheer on, Captain Ross.

- I'll tell you the truth, the Big Pine Yacht Club has made it 20 yards farther than I thought they were going to.

- Nicole.

- I'm pleased to [INAUDIBLE]. Great job, approaching the last mark.

[MURMURING]

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