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Rhode Island-based Newport Shipyard raised about $6,300 for Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) at the annual Wobbly Race fundraiser in Antigua on Feb. 3.

Ten teams entered this year’s race, which features a Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) format where yacht captains and crew build a ‘boat’ using two sheets of plywood and other supplies.

“Our theme was ‘rock star’, which meant the teams were asked to dress up as their favorite rock stars and decorate their boats accordingly,” said Eli Dana, Newport Shipyard general manager, who helps run the event. “We love supporting and hosting the Wobbly Club because all the money raised goes to an important and very worthy cause.”

Teams pay $100 to enter the race and $25 for each sheet of plywood to build their boats. The fleet has just under three hours to build their vessel (anything goes, but no engines are allowed). Boats are launched from the beach and race around the docks to the other side of the marina. A veteran panel of judges ranks each team on costumes, overall theme, and on-the-water performance.

“All money raised helps ABSAR buy supplies and keep our equipment running and well maintained,” said Julie Harvey Esty, an ABSAR volunteer who lives with her husband and children in Antigua. “We strive to support superyacht captains, crew and their families while they’re in Antigua and we could not do it without donations and events like the Wobbly Race.”

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