Approximately 3,500 people walked through the gates over the weekend to watch eighty eight boats compete in the Third Annual Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta.
The event began Friday Night with the Boat Check In and Captains Dinner. There was live music and a surf and turf meal served to all that attended. Most of the pre-race boat decoration competitions were judged Friday night.
The races commenced on Saturday with the first heat in the “Skipper” division starting around 9:30am. The Skipper division consists of racers 16 and under, the First Mate division was racers ages 17-40 and the Old Salt division was racers 41 and up. The final division was for kayaks.
Contestants are all given the same amount of materials to build their boats. Contestants don’t have to use all material given. Materials include a 4′x8′ sheet of 1/4″ luan plywood, 24′ of 2″x4″s, one 60 yard roll of duct tape, one pound of screws, and paint. No caulking, urethane, or adhesives of any kind may be used. Additional materials may be used in the theme of your boat, but may not contribute to the buoyancy, sealant, or structural integrity of your vessel.
Winners from the 3rd Annual Adam Bryant Regatta are listed below:
Best Overall Theme – The team with the best combination of costumes, tent and boat design: Mixon Real Estate Group for their Gilligan’s Island Theme
Team Spirit: Bubba’s Red Neck Yacht Club
Best Male Adult Costume: Rob Buster, Team Eddie Barry
Best Male Youth Costume: Cameron Avant
Best Female Adult Costume: Sarah Payne
Best Female Youth Costume: Tori Trent
Best Tent Display: Mixon Real Estate Group; Runner Up – Everglades Farm Equipment.
Best Boat Design: Mixon Real Estate Group
RACE DAY AWARDS:
Skipper Division: A Child’s World, piloted by Jarrod Morgan
First Mate Division: Lakeshore Marine
Old Salt: American Drilling Services piloted by Frank DeCarlo
Kayak Division: Total Roadside Services
Best Effort Youth: The B.R.A.T. Club boate sponsored by UBS Financial Services
Best Effort Adult: Jeff Reno
Titanic Award (fastest to sink): Syfrett feed Company boat piloted by Robbie Weeks
Craftsmanship Award: Florida Falls out of Fort Pierce
Best Paint Job: VFW Post 10539
Most Creative Use of Extra Material: Okeechobee The Magazine
From the Minimal Regatta Website:
Adam Bryant was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 17, 1982 and passed away on June 27, 2004 at the age of 21. Adam was a talented musician and charming young man whose life was shortened by a devastating spinal cord injury in November 2002. He survived the initial accident and worked to recover until his passing in June 2004.
Despite his suffering, he maintained his unique sense of humor, bringing frequent smiles to those close to him. One of Adam’s friends said it best when they said “Adam is a reformer, not a conformer.” That was Adam. He challenged everything and everyone. This made him such a unique and brilliant individual. He had his own views on everything, especially life itself, and he always wanted to know more. He had a way of seeing right through people. Within minutes of meeting someone, he could see aspects of them that most others couldn’t. He was an excellent listener and adviser on problems. Adam was passionate and optimistic, which often made him the center of things; the life of the party. He is missed every day and we will forever hold him in our hearts until we meet again.
The Minimal Regatta exemplifies Adam’s creativity and fun-loving spirit. It’s goal of awarding a scholarship and furthering young-peoples’ ambitions of living a life of public service through being a professional firefighter/EMT is in dedication to Adam’s personal goal of being a firefighter that was cut short.