A perennial favorite and one of the most popular Festival events is the Kayak Derby that was started and organized by Otto Schoenstein. Otto built wooden Kayaks which are disassemble that teams of two must reassemble. They are launched by one member who paddles it out to a buoy, then returns to the beach so the other team member can repeat the course. The first team to successfully complete the course is declared the winner.
Part two of the Derby has all the kayaks staged around the buoy. At the sound of a horn, the competitors attempt to sink each other’s kayaks using strategy and their oars. Last boat floating is the winner!!!