110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 3, 2013 - 4:07:45pm
Calling all hands — a flotilla of do-it-yourself boats is wanted for the "Anything That Floats Boat Race" starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Lake Beresford Yacht Club.
It will be the first running … er, sailing, of wacky boats in about a half-dozen years. The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and the MainStreet DeLand Association are partnering up to present the relaunch of the goofy event — all for fun.
A block party starting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, on West Indiana Avenue in DeLand, will get everyone — participants and spectators — in the mood for the race the next day. Details of the party are still in the planning stage.
Of course, the two organizations, the Chamber and MainStreet DeLand, plan to outdo each other in wacky race entries. Look for a fierce competition.
Awards will be presented for "Fastest Sinker" and "Best Decorated," as well as for first-, second- and third-place finishers.
The method of propulsion is up to the entrants — boats may be pushed, pulled, paddled, shimmied, sailed, or swayed to the finish line.
New MainStreet DeLand Executive Director Wayne Carter said he hopes to see 25 boats with five crew members each in the race. A minimum of two crew members will be allowed. All participants must be at least 18 years old.
"Each group must be capable of handling all the blame for losing and sinking!" the rules state.
A maximum of 50 vessels can enter the race. Each team must pay a $50 registration fee to enter the race.
Carter, who started to work July 1, said, "This is my first event" — the first one he's helping to plan.
Read more about Carter in the July 4-7 Weekend Edition of The Beacon.
To catch the spirit of the event and ideas, watch videos of "Anything That Floats" boat races online at youtube.com. For more information or to register, go online to www.mainstreetdeland.org/anythingthatfloats.
While you wait for race day, attend Tropical Nights in Downtown DeLand 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 19. This year's installment will include a merchant open house, Tropical Hammer steel band, hula and limbo contests, free admission, food and fun!
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