Gallery: Minimal Regatta 2018

OKEECHOBEE  – Okeechobee’s own homemade boat race returned Saturday, as community members gathered around the pond at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center for the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta.

For the minimal regatta, contestants had to build their own boats from the materials provided: one 4’x8’ sheet of 1/4” luan plywood, 24’ of 2”x4”s, one 50 yard roll of duct tape, one pound of screws, and paint. No caulking, urethane, or adhesives of any kind was allowed. Paint was allowed for decoration only.

The regatta honors the memory of Adam Bryant, who was paralyzed in an accident while on a camping trip and died a few years later. The regatta started in 2011 to remember Adam Bryant and give families and friends an opportunity to come together and build their own memories. It was Adam’s dream to be a firefighter/EMT. Funds raised from the boat sponsorships are used to send Okeechobee High School graduates to firefighter/EMT school, provide college scholarships, and other charitable activities of For Okeechobee, Inc.

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