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21st ANNUAL SCHOONER WHARF MINIMAL REGATTA
Calling All Boat Boat Builders and Would-Be Ship Wrights

Results and Photos of the 2012 21st Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Minimal Regatta

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Supplies are limited, but the creativity is endless at Schooner Wharf Bar on Sunday, May 27 for the 21st Annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta.

Each 6 member team must build a boat seaworthy enough to stay afloat for the entire race course in the Key West Bight in front of Schooner Wharf. The catch---the boats are made of plywood, fasteners, duct tape, and 2' x 4's.

Minimal Regatta Construction Rules:
1. One sheet of 4' x 8' x 1/4" plywood
2. Two 2"x 4" 8'
3. One pound of fasteners
4. One roll of 2" x 60 yard duct tape
5. No caulking or adhesives - Epoxy paint is permitted
6. Painting of boats is optional

Construction kits can be bought at co-sponsor Manley de Boer on Eaton Street at a “minimal” price.

There are two categories of “Minimal Vessels” -- Kayak/Canoe Design & Open Design. Competitors will win prizes in each design group for Fastest - 1st & 2nd Place. Other prizes are awarded for the Most Creative Design - 1st & 2nd Place, Best Paint Job, Best Costumed Entry, Sportsmanship Award, and Sinker Award.

The $20 entry fee this year will benefit the Wounded Warriors Caribbean Cruise (46 Special Forces Group Association). Veterans on therapeutic leave from the Bethesda Navy and Walter Reed Army hospitals in Maryland enjoy a Caribbean cruise while escorted by members of the local VFW Post 3911.

“We make sure all their needs are taken care of, along with the veterans’ airfare and hotel stays,” said Ed Moran, commander of VFW Post 3911. “We’re excited to be a part of the Minimal Regatta and appreciative of its support for this Wounded Warrior project.”

Regatta registration opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 27 with vessel inspection at 12:30 p.m. Spectators have a chance to get an up close look of the ingenious vessels and fun team costumes. There will be a course demonstration between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m., followed by a conch shell start by Captain Morgan.

Whether you're a participant or a spectator, it’s a memorable Memorial Day weekend with Captain Morgan & Corona drink specials, live music with  songwriter/humorist Michael McCloud & Friends from noon-6:00, then The Doerfels take the stage for a night of blues, rock, country, bluegrass, originals, and more.

Enjoy a great Memorial Day BBQ and lots of laughs at the craziest regatta you've ever seen.

Pick up your entry form at Schooner Wharf Bar today!

 

   
 


2012 Flyer ~ click for larger view

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For more information, do not hesitate to call Evalena or Sheree at 292-3302

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