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First-ever Funky Float Race hits water at Lake Merced on Saturday

GREAT VISUALS: Costumed teams race colorful, handmade watercraft aided only by mechanical power, wind power, water current; no sails, paddles, motors allowed

WHAT:The first annual Funky Float Race combines "Survivor" and the America's Cup with a touch of the Bay to Breakers. In the race, original watercraft must navigate through a one-mile racecourse on San Francisco's Lake Merced aided only by mechanical power, wind power and the flow of water current. The use of engines, motors, sails and paddles is not allowed.

Teams will be judged in such categories as speed, costumes, theme, watercraft design concept and material used to construct the watercraft. Floats entered in the race have been constructed with such materials as Styrofoam and rubber.

Organized by Design and Industry students at San Francisco State University, the Funky Float Race combines technical design skills, mobility, artistry and creativity. The Boathouse Sports Club and Grill will provide refreshments for spectators and contestants. For more information, visit:

WHO:Seven teams from throughout the Bay Area will enter their original watercraft in the regatta. Experts from the Design and Industry faculty at SFSU will serve as judges. A crowd of spectators is expected to attend the free event.

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 1 - 4 p.m.

WHERE:Lake Merced (North Lake), Harding Park Road (at Skyline Boulevard), San Francisco.

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