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MISAWA NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan — Sailors will take their naval battles to the base beach Friday for the 17th annual Boat Regatta.

Ten six-member teams already have signed up to compete in the racing event, Petty Officer 1st Class Donald Rule said Wednesday. Regatta rules require that each crew have at least one female member.

Many of the teams will be armed with water balloons and squirt guns in an effort to gain an advantage over others racing handmade boats.

“They try to sink other teams’ boats,” Rule said. “It’s usually a pretty fun event.”

Each team has made its own boat using “whatever they can piece together to make it float,” Rule said. “You name it, they’re made out of just about anything, like cardboard and 55-gallon drums.”

Only paddles, either purchased or handmade, are allowed for propulsion, he said.

Heat races get under way at 11 a.m., with top teams advancing to the finals. The competition is expected to wrap up by 2:30 p.m.

The exact course and distance for this year’s regatta have yet to be established, Rule said.

This year’s regatta also features competitions for landlubbers, including volleyball and tug-of- war, Rule said. A barbecue also is planned.

Parking at the base beach is limited. Rule suggested residents carpool or use the base shuttle.

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