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Ahoy mates - Team MacDill turns boxes into boats at 2nd annual regatta

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

2nd Lt. Omar Villarreal (left) and Staff Sgt. Randy Redman, 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs, row their way to the winner's title Nov. 4 during the annual Regatta Boat Race at the base beach. The Airmen used a combination of teamwork, speed and good boat building skills to win.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

Col. Maggie Woodward, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, and Chad Brock presented the 1st place award for the Regatta Boat Race, the 6th AMW Public Affairs office.

The winners are: (from left to right) Staff Sgt. Randy Redman, 2nd Lt. Omar Villarreal, Capt. Danny Cooper, Staff Sgt. Robin Drake and Master Sgt. Rex Temple, 6th AMW inspector general. The winners paddled to the finish line in 44.84 seconds beating the second-place team, the 6th Operations Support Squadron, with 45.78 seconds and the third-place 6th Security Forces Squadron with 55.91 seconds.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

Chad Brock, country music singer and WQYK 99.5 radio station morning show host, judges the 6th Security Forces Squadron's boat for the best design contest. He made comments on which boats he thought looked unique and predicted the ones he thought were doomed to sink.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

During the boat-building process the Special Operations Command team, the D-CELLS, were so confident their boat would win best design, they hid it as soon as they finished building it. In the end they were proven correct and took home the award for best design.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

Airman 1st Class Jeremy Gray, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, holds a cardboard sheet to provide shade for his fellow teammates while they make their boat. About two hours into the day the heat and sand made the duct tape less sticky so some of the competitors found ways to prevent their boats from falling apart.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

Tech. Sgt. Brent Niles, 6th Air Mobility Wing Legal Office, makes a precise measurement for his team, the Legal Bottom Feeder's. The boat was created with a pontoon-like design. It was the only boat in which the contestants could not sit in the boat but instead sat on top of it.

Photo by Senior Airman Nika Glover

Contestants swim their way back to shore after their boat succumbed to the rushing water. About one third of the cardboard boats sank and never made it to the halfway point due to poor boat design, too much weight in the boat or bad boat balance. Some of the contestants moved too quickly or rocked in the wrong direction sending them into the water.

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