Teams Navigate Minimal 'Vessels' in Sink-or-Swim Regatta [HD]

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Uploaded on May 30, 2011 by digitalisland

Minimal construction and marginal seaworthiness meant maximum hilarity Labor Day Weekend, when nearly 40 teams tried to keep plywood-and-duct-tape vessels afloat during Key West's wacky Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta.

Rules required each team to build a boat out of a four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood, two eight-foot two-by-fours, a roll of duct tape, a pound of fasteners and epoxy paint.

As spectators cheered, team members navigated the vessels through a "sink or swim" course at Key West's Historic Seaport Sunday afternoon, trying to stay afloat the longest. Many got "that sinking feeling" soon after launching, but a few craft proved surprisingly seaworthy.

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Key, West, Florida, Keys, Schooner, Wharf, Bars, Harbor, Plywood, Duct, Tape, Minimal, Regatta, Travel & Outdoors
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