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MacDill's Premiere Regatta: cardboard boats race in the bay

Story and photos by Wendy Foster
6th Services Squadron marketing director

The 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Public Affairs team battle in a close race for second place in MacDill's Premiere Regatta.

Ahoy mateys! The 6th Services Squadron hosted its Premiere Regatta Oct. 22 and 14 teams gathered to demonstrate the finer points of cardboard (yes, cardboard!) boat building and racing.

Teams of five had three hours to design, assemble and build a cardboard boat from five sheets of four-feet by eight-feet cardboard with a roll of duct tape capable of sailing 50 yards with a captain and first mate. They were free to decorate their boats with squadron logos, flags or themes. Their creativity was nothing short of impressive from the "Eat My Wake" slogan to boat nicknames like "Yo Momma." We won't name names, but some captains were brave enough to endure cardboard costume essentials being secured on their fairly hairy body parts with duct tape.

Special thanks to Home Depot and West Marine who were on hand to lend their advice on the finer points of construction and boating. These sponsors supplied door prizes of barbecue grills, power tools, gift cards and tote bags. They donated duct tape and box cutters to all the teams.

Bragging rights this year go to the teams listed below who demonstrated their extraordinary expertise in this highly complicated and competitive sporting event. We congratulate you on your achievements and ingenuity and look forward to next year's competition.

First place: 6th Communications Squadron (43.85 seconds)

Second place: 6th Services Squadron Honor Guard (50.91 seconds)

Third place: 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron (57.13 seconds)

Best design: 6th Contracting Squadron

Titanic award: 1st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.




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