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Sackville United Church hosting annual Anything that Floats race Sunday, Sept. 23

These contestants in the 2016 Sackville Fall Fair Anything that Floats Race are having so much fun they don’t appear to be too competitive.
These contestants in the 2016 Sackville Fall Fair Anything that Floats Race are having so much fun they don’t appear to be too competitive. - File image

Participants tasked with building homemade vessels from common household materials

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Area residents are being encouraged to unleash their creativity and take part in this year’s Anything that Floats Race.

The popular event sees participants create their own homemade vessels from common household materials that are capable – at least in theory – of tackling a 100-metre course at Silver Lake. Permitted materials include cardboard, wood, PVC, duct tape, milk jugs saran wrap, old t-shirts, outdoor furniture, pool noodles and old bikes. All crafts must be powered by wind or human energy, meaning oars, paddles and sails (hence the t-shirts) are allowed, and pedal-power is also permitted. Not permitted are motors of any kind, polystyrene foam, inflatable rafts or commercially-designed watercraft. The event’s judges reserve the right to refuse any vessel.

This is a timed race, with a minimum of two boats competing at a time. The race will begin at the beach and continue around a buoy and back to the beach.

Properly sized and in good condition Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices (PFD's, life jackets or vests) must be worn during the race. Race organizers will not provide safety equipment.

Teams must consist of two to four members with a minimum of one adult per team. All participants must be five years of age or older, and the entire crew must sign an acknowledgement of risk form. Participants under 18 years of age must have a signed release from a parent or guardian. During the race, all participants must be contained within their vessel. Swimming alongside is not permitted.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Fastest Vessel, Most Creative Design, and Best Use of Fall Fair Theme: For the Health of It!

Races get underway on Sunday, Sept. 23, starting at 2 p.m. Competitors are asked to check in at Lillas Fawcett Park at 1:30 p.m. The race is rain or shine. Cancellation will only occur due to severe or dangerous weather conditions.

Following the race, boat captains will be responsible for the proper salvage and disposal of their craft after the race.

Organizers say there may be some helpful materials available, although they will need to be signed for and returned. If interested, phone 506-536-9109.

For more details, including a complete list of rules and regulations, as well as entry forms, visit https://sackville.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018_Anything_That_Floats_Race_-_Rules__Regulations.pdf or they can be picked up in person at Sackville Town Hall, Middle Sackville Variety or the Middle Sackville Baptist Church. Note that the race will be limited to 20 entries.

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