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Petty officers 3rd Class Class Jared Clymer, left, and Colin McCormick lead their Navy Munitions Command team in a race toward shore during the Navy's annual boat regatta on the beach at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force -competed in their handmade boats.

Petty officers 3rd Class Class Jared Clymer, left, and Colin McCormick lead their Navy Munitions Command team in a race toward shore during the Navy's annual boat regatta on the beach at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force -competed in their handmade boats. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Petty officers 3rd Class Class Jared Clymer, left, and Colin McCormick lead their Navy Munitions Command team in a race toward shore during the Navy's annual boat regatta on the beach at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force -competed in their handmade boats.

Petty officers 3rd Class Class Jared Clymer, left, and Colin McCormick lead their Navy Munitions Command team in a race toward shore during the Navy's annual boat regatta on the beach at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force -competed in their handmade boats. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Navy Information Operations Command laugh as a fellow teammate races through the water to catch up with her boat during an annual regatta at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Each team - comprised of six members - had to hand-build its own boat for the races.

Members of the Navy Information Operations Command laugh as a fellow teammate races through the water to catch up with her boat during an annual regatta at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Each team - comprised of six members - had to hand-build its own boat for the races. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Seabees with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Public Works Department splash members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 600 and 700 divisions as they pass each other during a boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - competed in their handmade boats.

Seabees with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Public Works Department splash members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 600 and 700 divisions as they pass each other during a boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - competed in their handmade boats. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 600 and 700 divisions lug their boat to the water during a boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - raced each other in their handmade boats.

Members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 600 and 700 divisions lug their boat to the water during a boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - raced each other in their handmade boats. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Teammates from the Naval Air Facility Misawa Operations department laugh after their handmade boat capsized moments after entering the water in the Navy's annual boat regatta on Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - raced each other in their handmade boats.

Teammates from the Naval Air Facility Misawa Operations department laugh after their handmade boat capsized moments after entering the water in the Navy's annual boat regatta on Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Friday. Thirteen six-member teams - 11 Navy and two from the Air Force - raced each other in their handmade boats. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 900 division race toward shore during the championship race at the Navy's annual boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team won for the second year in a row. From left are Petty Officer 3rd Class P.J. Pape, Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Bright, Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Quinn, Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Lorda, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Hooks and Michelle Bright.

Members of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's 900 division race toward shore during the championship race at the Navy's annual boat regatta Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team won for the second year in a row. From left are Petty Officer 3rd Class P.J. Pape, Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Bright, Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Quinn, Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Lorda, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Hooks and Michelle Bright. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Teamwork, bragging rights, a bit of ego and great boat design helped one crew walk away from the U.S. Navy’s annual boat regatta Friday with the championship trophy for the second year in a row.

“We’re the best at what we do,” shouted Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Hooks, a member of the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department’s 900 division. His team, paddling a wood boat, beat the Navy Seabees of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s Public Works Department in the final race.

The regatta boats had to be handmade, and competitors used everything from scrap wood to cardboard, inflated inner tubes to plastic tarps.

Event organizer Ensign Litahni Shawhan said that 13 teams — 11 Navy and two from the Air Force — competed. The goal, he said, was an end-of-summer event to help build camaraderie.

People packed the base beach to watch the teams race hundreds of yards around a line of buoys. Each boat was crewed by a six-member team, including at least one woman, and members tossed water balloons and blasted other teams with water guns as they passed.

One team, from the AIMD’s 600 and 700 divisions, provided the most entertainment when their boat flipped seconds after hitting the water on their first heat.

flackt@pstripes.osd.mil

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