Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seafood and Backyard Boats Brunswick Ready for Festival, Race

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seafood and Backyard Boats Brunswick Ready for Festival, Race

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Bryan Thompson of the Carpenter Street Navy figures his team has a solid chance of winning the inaugural Scrap Yard Navy Boat Race at tomorrow's day-long Seafood Festival in Brunswick.

"The team we're worried about are the longshoremen," he said. "They're taking it as a point of pride that longshoremen should, No. 1, be able to build a boat and, No. 2, get it across a body of water. We're also worried if they don't win they'll beat us up."

Thompson noted that, boat-building and navigation skills notwithstanding, the longshoremen he knows have really big biceps.

The Scrap Yard Navy Boat Race replaces the powerboat races that drew crowds at the past two seafood festivals but got a little too expensive, Thompson said. The replacement race shouldn't be expensive to anyone, including the boat builders, because all craft must be built of recycled or recyclable materials and be powered by humans. All boats must undergo a U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection today.

The longshoremen hadn't turned in an entry form Wednesday, but there will be some other competition.

The Brunswick Elks Club built its 14-foot boat of 1-by-4 and 1-by-2-inch boards covered over with plastic-skinned cardboard, team member Pat Kent said.

The Carpenter Street Navy should be worried about the Elks, Kent said.

"This boat is really cool. It looks like a cardboard johnboat," he said. "The person in the stern is the weapons officer. He's in charge of the water cannon and all the water balloons."

With his experience rowing on Lake Lanier, Kent figures the Elks' entry will leave all others in its wake.

"I used to kick up a wake on a rowboat. With three oarsmen, we'll really move," he said.

The Carpenter Street Navy gathered to put the final touches on their entry Wednesday night. …

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