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Spectators welcome at wacky boat race on Lake Beresford Saturday
Get a sneak peek at the boats tonight in Downtown DeLand
posted Jul 26, 2013 - 11:39:58am
Amateur boatswains are busy today in DeLand, hoping to assure that their homemade crafts stay afloat Saturday in the Anything That Floats Boat Race.
The race gets under way at 10 a.m. July 27 on Lake Beresford. Spectators are invited to cheer the 12 teams from the shore near Lake Beresford Yacht Club, 1961 Hontoon Road.
Parking will be available, and the Yacht Club will be open to sell refreshments. Those who attend are advised to bring their own chairs.
The MainStreet DeLand Association and the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up to bring back the popular and wacky boat race, which years ago was sponsored annually by the DeLand Fire Department.
Race rules require the boats to be designed and built by teams of between two and 10 people, and the crafts must be powered only by human energy for a total of 500 yards.
No commercially designed watercraft, such as canoes, kayaks, powerboats, or skiffs may be used.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, as well as for "best decorated" and "fastest sinker."
To assure the readiness of the crews, and to give everyone a sneak peek at some of the boats, a Captains Block Party will be staged on West Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand at 6 p.m. today, Friday, July 26. All are welcome to the party.
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