Each team was given one roll of duct tape and a few large pieces of cardboard (mostly from appliance boxes). They had 1-hour to design/build a boat that could be rowed by two people around the short course and make it back to shore.
The small park was a fury of boat building when I arrived. It seemed to be a real family affair with most of the adults building and the kids helping where they could. I spoke with the organizers and they told me that over the years the variety of designs was amazing and that 1/3 of the boats wouldn't make if off the beach, 1/3 wouldn't make it around the markers, leaving the last 1/3 actually making it back to shore.
They offered to let me go out in one of the boats to shoot from the water. That way I could capture the crowds on the shore as well at the boats in the water.
There were 17 competing boats and only 7 of them made it off the beach, around the markers and back to shore. A few didn't even make it off the beach :P
It was a really fun event to shoot and I would definitely jump at the chance again.
|The Dads made the boat and their daughters were the rowers|
|Mother and daughter team - Winner of best boat design|
|The first of 4 waves of competitors|
|This team's boat was called "May Contain Nuts!"|
|May Contain Nuts! won the Most Spectacular Sinking award|
|The kids were so light that they were able to stand and row without sinking|
|The rescue boat ended up just rescuing the cardboard - all the capsized competitors were able to swim to shore|
|There was a wide variety of boat designs|
|This team won the best boat design award|
|The boat in the top left tipped over as it got off the shore|
|Luckily it was only a short swim back to shore. This team giggled the whole way.|