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Plywood regatta racers hit the high seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:12

May 26 - Ahoy matey! Memorial Day in Key West is celebrated with a wacky plywood-and-duct-tape regatta, proving to be more of a laugh than a race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ahoy matey! No hot dogs and beer for these Floridians. Instead, they're celebrating Memorial Day in Key West's Historic Seaport with an annual plywood-and-duct-tape regatta, proving to be more of a laugh than a race for many. The racers were bound by the strict guidelines of using 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood, a roll of duct tape, and two 8-foot-long two-by-fours to make their vessels. While some were able to race in the 23rd occasion of the "sink or swim" regatta, others were hardly able to step foot in their man-made contraptions before capsizing. Awards went out to the fastest boats and creative designs, and of course, a "sinker" prize, for the vessel that went down fastest.

Plywood regatta racers hit the high seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:12

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