Past Events April 30, 2018
The 22nd Annual Plywood Regatta organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) took place at the Dania Beach City Marina on April 14th and 15th. During the two-day boat-building and racing event students were introduced to the excitement and career opportunities associated with recreational boating.
36 teams of South Florida middle school, high school, and college students built, painted, and decorated their uniquely designed vessels using only simple hand-tools, three sheets of plywood, 3M 5200 fast-cure caulk, and zip ties. On Sunday students competed in a series of spirited heats to determine an overall winner.
1st Place winners: Beginner’s Division – Mission Blue from Palm Beach Maritime Academy; Intermediate Division – The Sea Biscuit from Cardinal Gibbons High School, Advanced Division – Play Attention from McFatter Technical School. The winner of the Lauderdale Marine Center Overall Cup was Play Attention, and the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Top Team Award went to Nautilus from Nova High School.
All Plywood Regatta proceeds benefit South Florida’s marine industry education programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund. At the event, MIASF awarded $6,000 in scholarships to six students bound for careers in the marine industry: Hali Guiterrez will be attending Maritime Professional Training for crew training; Ashleigh Lucas, a junior at South Plantation High School is also dual-enrolled at Broward College and the University of Florida and is pursuing a career as a doctor for the U.S. Navy; Andreah Pierre will be attending Pomona College in Claremont, California and studying Marine Biology and Pre-Health; Natalie Gadelrab is a sophomore at Florida Institute of Technology studying Ocean Engineering; Ricardo Perez is majoring in Marine Biology at Tallahassee Community College; and Paul Womack will begin training for his captain’s license at Maritime Professional Training. Afterward, Maritime Professional Training, which is the Skills Café sponsor and sponsors a team at the event, offered to match the $1,000 scholarship award for both Guiterrez and Womack.
Generous support from the community included, the city of Dania Beach, Westport Yachts, Lauderdale Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Teak Decking Systems, Seafarer Marine, Interlux, 3M, Boat Owner’s Warehouse, and High Seas Yacht Service.