FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) will present the 8th Annual Plywood Regatta on May 15-16, MIASF said in a press release yesterday. The regatta is a two-day boat building event that introduces young marine enthusiasts and the community to the craft of boat building.
Thirty-six teams of middle school, high school and marine technical school students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels on May 15 using simple hand-tools and only the supplied materials of plywood, fast cure caulk and a spool of wire. The next day, participants will line up the finished craft race in a series of heats for the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Trophy, MIASF said.
"MIASF recognizes these young Plywood Regatta participants as future boaters and workers in the recreational marine industry and seeks to provide them with opportunities for growth and development," said Gordon Connell, MIASF public relations and events coordinator.
Sponsors of the event include the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 3M, Bob's Saw Sharpening, Bradford Marine, Cliff Berry Inc., Denison Yacht Sales, Don Hillman Inc., Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Fort Lauderdale Sailing Foundation, Frank & Jimmie's Propeller Shop, Harbour Towne Marina, Interlux Yacht Finishes, International Maritime Associates, Keith & Schnars, Keystone Point Marina, Kiwi Yachts, Land'N'Sea, Power Center, Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russel P.A., Rybovich Spencer, Seafarer marine, TGL Environmental Inc., The Triton, Ward's Marine Electric Inc., Waterfront News, West Marine and Workforce One.
Proceeds benefit the Broward County Schools Marine Magnet Programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund, according to MIASF.