1. Photo by by Shelley Dawicki 1982

Anything-But-a-Boat Regatta Returns for the 75th Anniversary Celebration

With names like Styrofoam Steamer, Kon-Taki, Gossamer Goldfish, and Rat Racer, the unusual has been the expected for entries in the Anything-But-A- Boat Regatta, a popular community event held for the first time in 1980, during the Institution's 50th anniversary celebration. The regatta, held all but one year between 1980 and 1985, is being revived and is scheduled again Saturday, August 6, 2005, as part of 75th Anniversary activities.

The event attracted about 200 spectators and twelve "unboat" entries in its first year in Great Harbor and grew to more than a thousand spectators and nearly two dozen entries from local organizations and individuals. Prizes were awarded in various categories and a good time was had by all.

This year's race promises to challenge the creativity of local "unboat" designers, and should be a lot of fun for both spectators and participants alike. For more information contact Ann Devenish (adevenish@whoi.edu) or Mike Lagrassa (mlagrassa@whoi.edu).

Race Details
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2005
Place: Marine Park on Water Street ("Garbage Beach"), Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
  9:00 a.m. Captains Meeting (mandatory)
  10:00 a.m. Race
  11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony

Race Course
The race will start at the Marine Park beach, round at least two marks, and return to the beach.

Getting Your Vessel to the Starting Point
You may use the town ramp on Albatross Street next to the Marine Fisheries Aquarium on the corner of Water and Albatross Streets or carry your vessel down to the beach at Marine Park.





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