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NEWS | Aug. 15, 2012

Airmen, Sailors challenged to “build a boat”

By Gary Grove 628th Force Support Squadron marketing

Since duct tape is the universal fix-all tool, why not use it to build something fun - like a boat.

But, you need something else to help shape the boat - so why not use a water-friendly material ... say cardboard? Hey, cardboard started out as wood, so it should float, right? Think you have the ingenuity to make this work?

The 628th Force Support Squadron is putting out the challenge to all Joint Base Charleston units and squadrons to build the best "two-sailor" boats possible and have them race-ready for the "Build-A-Boat" competition which will set sail Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.

Competition will be held in the Air Base swimming pool and the New Wave Aquatics Center pool on the Weapons Station. Boats will race in four-ship heats through a bracket system. The boat that stays afloat and carries two people 50 meters in the shortest time moves on to the next bracket. Losers get shore duty.

Although this a "shallow water" event, plenty of certified rescue swimmers (lifeguards) will be manning the rails to pull out any shipmates in need of assistance. The challenge will be held rain or shine.

All teams must register at their respective Fitness Centers by close-of-business Aug. 28. Teams also can sign-up by sending an email to 2nd Lt. Amanda Wineman, 628th FSS. Squadrons and units may sign up more than one team.

After the boating competition, there will be a Cornhole tournament at Rookies at the Charleston Club and also at The Dive at the Weapons Station. Teams from the Build-A-Boat races will be given priority placement in this tournament, but it is open to everyone at both venues. Cornhole players are asked to register in advance, but can sign up as late as the day of the tournament.

These events are free and open to all units stationed at JB Charleston. For more information contact the challenge director, Capt. Jessica Colman, 628th FSS, at or call 963-3815.