2008 Recycle Regatta Set
The Pinellas County Utilities' Recycle Regatta is a unique human-interest event with students and youth racing one-of-a-kind, homemade boats built from recycled materials. Each boat is created through the imagination of its builders, and for many of these unique boats, it will be their first and last time in the water. Whether they will make it to the finish line (or even float) is questionable, but the enthusiastic crews have a great time and also learn some sound environmental lessons.
This year's Recycle Regatta will take place on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at North Shore Beach by Flora Wylie Park in St. Petersburg. The event is free and open to the public. The Recycle Regatta takes place every April and was inspired by the Regata y Fiesta del Sol al Sol. On the day of the event, Recycle Regatta crews will race their boats made of recycled materials against their peers over a 50-yard course.
Each Recycle Regatta participant will receive a commemorative item. Water and light snacks will also be provided for participants. Winners receive trophies, but being part of the Recycle Regatta is a memorable experience that goes beyond winning.
Races are divided by age group, each with a different starting time.
3rd - 5th grade: 10 a.m.; 6th - 8th grade: 11:30 a.m. ; 9th - 12th grade: 12:30 p.m.
The Recycle Regatta shows participants and spectators alike how everyday items can find a second life in unconventional ways. Last year, more than 200 students participated. Crews of one to six people built boats from various recycled materials such as cardboard, leftover hurricane plywood, 2-liter bottles, milk jugs and large plastic barrels. Imaginative crews built some very unusual boats, choosing names worthy of their creations.
Win or lose, participants will remember the recycle message. If you have any questions or need further information, call me at (727) 464-3896.
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