Key Largo’s Anything That Floats race continues the series of quirky Florida Keys events
Trashy items like PVC pipe, buckets, pool noodles, plastic wrap, lawn furniture or cardboard can be bound together as “hulls” during Key Largo’s Anything That Floats regatta race set for Saturday, August 16.
On the third Saturday of August each year, organizers of the wacky race task resourceful crews of two, four or more people to reuse, recycle and regenerate floatable items found around the house to construct their boats.
Boat builders need to bind together their vessels with all-purpose duct tape, plastic wrap or other sticky substances long enough to hold team members inside during the half-mile dash through a buoyed course set in Blackwater Sound from Key Largo’s Caribbean Club to Sundowners Restaurant and back.
High-spirited teams can employ oars, paddles or even hoist old T-shirts as sails to propel their vessel. However, entries can be disqualified for incorporating “offenders” including motors, foam, floats, rafts or pool toys.
A captain’s party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, August 15, at Señor Frijoles, mile marker 103.9 bayside. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. at Señor Frijoles. Race events begin at 3 p.m., and boats depart from the waterfront dock at the adjacent Sundowners Restaurant. The offbeat challenge is free to enter and to watch.
Prizes are awarded in categories such as best-costumed crew, most creative vessel, fastest vessel, best hard-luck story and vessel containing the most participants that still floats. Participants must be 13 or older.
Key Largo’s waterfront locations offer excellent viewing areas where spectators can cheer on team favorites and enjoy sunset with post-race live music and more fun.
For further information, visit the Anything That Floats Race website: www.keylargoanythingthatfloatsrace.com
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