Much awaited Great American Raft Race.

DSCN0406 With two days to go nerves are fraying and excitement building.  Everyone wants to know how the other team is doing.  The party atmosphere commenced right after the Captains meeting a few days ago.  Then everyone on the crews and spectators alike were invited to South Shores for the  “Shore Leave”  party.

Defending Champion ???

Defending Champion ???

This year the field of contenders doubled so there were lots of new faces.  First time entrants were Sunset Ridge, Eden Place, Guatemala Mayan Ctr., Lake Worth Lions Club, The Mockingbird Gardens  (if I left someone out just let me know)

"How much is that doggie in the window" woof woof

“How much is that doggie in the window” woof woof

Paws on the Ave. and Paws in Paradise joined forces.  It looks like a whole new ball game still with   NO Rules.   Affectionately known as the Grunge Cup, it was first implemented by Herman Robinson.  This year Herman asked the NAPC  to take on this task and with 18 entrants it has grown to an almost unmanageable size except we have Mary Lindsey and the NAPC to continue this fun event.  THANK YOU HERMAN ROBINSON!  So, how does the competition look.

What competition?

What competition?

This year there are two heats to accommodate all the boats and the top two of each will go to the final heat.  Numbers were drawn out of a hat with #1 or  #2  and so it went till everyone had their position.

No peaking, not to worry it's just the city of Lake Worth, they ran aground last year.

No peaking, not to worry it’s just the city of Lake Worth, they ran aground last year.

This year for the first time we even have an entry from  south West Palm Beach and DSCN0468several businesses.  So far 18 have asked to be part of this party but I hear there are more that have now decided they want in.  How do the boats stack up.  College Park said “you should be afraid, very afraid”  really?  They are doing paint by numbers.  Then, I spotted

Now I am worried.

Now I am worried.

a video and I am afraid.   It’s a bullet!  A origami entry, not just one but there are six of them.  Seems harmless, origami?  They are swift as bullets.   A single rower can out do a group of six rowers in a clumsy boat.

Oragami vessel by Downtown Jewel

origami vessel by Downtown Jewel

Be afraid this moves, but they do tend to tip over :)

Be afraid , but they do tend to tip over 🙂

Down goes Kiwanis, a four-time winner of this race.   The theme was choose an artist or a painting.   There are two Van Gogh’s represented, Henri Toulous Lautrec, Andy Warhol, the Mona Lisa.  Jackson Pollock the drunk.  Cop out!   This year for the first time there will be performances right at the boat launch so expect to be entertained. DSCN0512 2World Thrift has been a rich resource for many of the costumes.  That trip alone was not for the timid.  DSCN0220

ooops someone drilled holes to let the water out, or in.

ooops someone drilled holes to let the water out, or in.

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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