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5th Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta!

Published September 21, 2016

2016wfyb-logoThis year’s Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 12 to 3PM at the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab.

It’s time once again for you to challenge your friends, your family, and your colleagues to build boats out of stuff that any normal person would take to the dump and enter them in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Boats can be as artistic or as whacky as you want to make them. Just build ‘em and they will float . . . more or less.

This year, we are adding some excitement to the heats! We will now have 2 categories: sailing and non-sailing. Think you’re up for the challenge? Grab your crew, and start designing your vessel. Just remember to select your race category upon registration.

You landlubbers will be busy ashore cheering on the captains and crews of these outrageously constructed vessels as they sail, row, or scull around the course, topple over, or slowly sink into Apalachee Bay. Watch the Regatta from various shoreline vantage points around the lab on either side of the boat basin. Enjoy good food, have loads of fun, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics in our marine environments.

Rules for Boat Construction

The rules are simple and apply to all entries:

  • All boats must be constructed of materials that have been previously used (that is, nothing new except duct tape) for anything except for a boat
  • All boats must be propelled either by poles, self-made oars, self-made paddle wheels, or sails made out of material not intended for sails –or any combination thereof. Keep in mind that the race course ranges between 10-15 feet deep from the east bank, center, and west bank.
  • All boats should be less than 20 feet long
  • All boats must have a readily visible name that appears either on both sides of the bow or on the stern

Prize Categories:

  • First boat to cross the finish line in the regatta
  • Most creative use of materials
  • Titanic Award for the most spectacular failure
  • People’s Choice

Register Online or Download the Registration Form
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