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A Gitmo Naval Regatta - Cardboard Style

No, this is NOT what our Navy will look like if *cough* Barack Obama becomes President. 

It's the the annual U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta on May 31, 2008. The regatta is an annual event where competitors (military, contractors, and families) attempt to pilot boats made out of solely cardboard, duct tape and paint 200 meters in the open water.  The event drew 33 cardboard vessels this year, a record for the competition. 

Enjoy the photos by SFC Vaughn Larson and SSG Emily Russell of JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs:

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Participants in the annual U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta prepare to launch in the adult competition May 31, 2008.


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Participants face challenges in addition to the basic seaworthiness of their cardboard craft – such as being torpedoed by fellow competitors.


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Tony Vader and Ian Underwood from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s Public Works office pilot The Banana Boat during The Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta 2008 here, May 31, 2008. The Banana Boat took first place in the race.


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“Udder Chaos” shipmates – Army Spc. Cody Black and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Bruns – cruise past the flotsam of fellow competitors.


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The Viking Horde, one of 33 cardboard boats that competed in The Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta 2008 here paddles its way toward the turn-around buoy during the race, May 31, 2008.


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Mary Lewis, from The Viking Horde, leaps to USS Seabee during The Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta 2008 here, May 31, 2008.


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U.S. Navy Seabees hoist their colors as they return to shore amid a barrage of water balloons.


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Troopers launch water balloons into the bay during The Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta 2008, in an attempt to distract participants and sink their cardboard crafts, May 31, 2008.


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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nat Moger and Army Spc. Cody Black reflect on the surf-and-turf remains of “Udder Chaos,” their entry in this year’s U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Great Cardboard Box Boat Regatta, held May 31, 2008. The event drew 33 cardboard vessels this year, a record for the competition. The cow-themed vessel did win the “Best Titanic” award for its capsize early in the race.

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