On 8 October 2017 XL, the Republic of Molossia hosted the 2017 Misfit Regatta. Inspired by the famous Henley-on-Todd Regatta held in Alice Springs, Australia, the Misfit Regatta is a dry land cardboard boat race. It takes place on Misfit Flats, some 16 Imperial Nortons (16 km / 10 mi) east of Molossia. Famed for being a filming location for the Clark Gable/Marilyn Monroe movie "The Misfits", the Flats are an open, dry lakebed, perfect for racing. At 12:10 PM Molossian Standard Time (MST) the racers arrived at the Flats and helped set up the start and finish lines. Then at about 12:30 PM MST the first race took place, with cameras rolling and spectators cheering. There were several races held, including kids only, adults only, group, guys only, ladies only, backward for kids and for adults and a hopping, skipping and jumping race. A total of twelve racers competed, the most ever. The racers competed with all their might and had much to be proud of. After eight races, the event ended with a demolition derby, generally destroying the cardboard boats. Today's Regatta was a resounding success, just the fourth of many, with one planned every other year at this time. Future races may include an obstacle course and a competition for best "boat". Well done racers, and see you in two years!
See a movie of the 2017 Misfit Regatta here!
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