Harbour Town Yacht Basin is known for the 100-plus-foot yachts that glide in for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
But for veteran harbormaster Nancy Cappelmann and assistant harbormaster Leslie Whitener, their fondest tournament memory involves boats no longer than a beer bottle.
"This is not a very glamorous story," Whitener said.
They fondly recall a boat race of sorts that took place in the marina on the Sunday afternoon in the 2007 tournament when high winds forced the final round to be halted and finished on Monday morning.
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"We had screaming winds out of the west at about 55 mph," Whitener said. "Nobody could go anywhere. Boats couldn't come in and they couldn't leave. But, of course, we weren't leaving work."
So the marina staff, which had never had a down moment during the Heritage, found itself playing in the trash.
They made boats out of stuff found in trash cans next door at The Quarterdeck bar and restaurant at the foot of the Harbour Town Lighthouse.
"We got water bottles and empty beer bottles or Gatorade bottles and lashed two or three of them together and made little catamarans or any kind of sailboat," Whitener said. They made sails of construction paper and pencils.
To the cheers of a small gallery, half a dozen people raced these boats across the marina entrance. The winner would get to go home early.
While the wind wreaked havoc on the boats, a crafty deck hand dropped an orange in the water. The piece of fruit proved to be the best vessel in the race and was pronounced the winner.
This year, the harbormasters are hoping for sunny skies -- and no wind -- during the tournament.
But if the breeze picks up, look for the second "Recyclable Non-Remote Control Boat Race."