Teams build vessels, race at Key West's Minimal Regatta


KEY WEST, Fla. – Nearly two dozen teams attempted to keep plywood and duct tape vessels afloat Sunday during a "sink or swim" staging at the annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta.

At the 23rd event that has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition in the Florida Keys, each team made a boat out of a four-by-eight sheet of plywood, two 8-foot long two-by-fours, a roll of duct tape, a pound of fasteners and epoxy paint.

The teams then had to navigate a course at Key West's Historic Seaport, avoiding sinking long enough to complete it.

Those with the fastest boats, most creative designs, best paint jobs, sportsmanship and best costumed entries were awarded prizes.