A two-day boatbuilding and racing event, the 23rd annual Plywood Regatta organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, took place at the Dania Beach City Marina on April 6 and 7. South Florida students were introduced to the career opportunities associated with recreational boating.
Teams of middle school, high school, technical school, and college students built, painted, and decorated their vessels using only simple hand-tools, three sheets of plywood, 3M 5200 fast-cure caulk, and zip ties. On April 7, the 33 teams competed in a series of heats to determine an overall winner.
The first-place winning teams were “Moto Moto” from Kid’s Unplugged in the beginner’s division, “Knotty” from Inlet Grove Community High School in the intermediate division, and “Under the Sea” from South Broward High School in the advanced division.
“This is such a great community event and every year we have as much fun watching the boat designs come to life as the kids have making them,” says Nicole Hoekstra, MIASF Event Coordinator.
All proceeds from the event benefit South Florida’s marine industry education programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund. MIASF awarded $7,000 in scholarships to seven students, most of whom are bound for careers in the marine industry.
To learn more about the event and the winners, visit: http://plywoodregatta.org