Visitors to Key Largo, Fla., can decide what floats their boat during a wacky spectator event where teams race boats constructed out of household materials. The Anything That Floats regatta race is set for Aug. 19-20.
A captain’s party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Señor Frijoles, mile marker 103.9 bayside. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. and race events beginning at 3 p.m.
Resourceful crews of two, four or more people are expected to reuse, recycle and regenerate materials found around the house — literally anything that floats — to construct their boats. Materials might include wood, PVC, jugs, buckets, pool noodles, plastic wrap, lawn furniture or cardboard.
Teams even can use a roll of all-purpose duct tape to hold it all together and old T-shirts to hoist as sails, as long as all participants are contained within their vessel. Oars and paddles are allowed but motors, foam, floats, rafts or pool toys are not.
Boats and team members are to navigate a half-mile buoyed course from Key Largo’s Caribbean Club to Sundowners and back. Both waterfront locations offer excellent viewing areas for spectators to watch the wacky water race.
Prizes are to be 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. Minimum age to participate is 13.