Albany’s Maritime Festival returns this month with a full program of events for July, kicking off with All at Sea Saturday this weekend. All at Sea Saturday, held at the Albany Boatshed from 10am-5pm, will be headlined by the Albany Maritime Foundation’s annual Build a Boat Competition and Regatta. Teams of two to five will be challenged to create a boat designed to be rowed or paddled out of a set of provided materials, using only hand or rechargeable tools. Construction will start at 9am, with teams given 4½ hours to complete their vessels before they are judged by Darren Russell from Emu Point Slipway Services. After the boats are judged, the teams will take to the water at 2pm to race around a set course in the marina. Albany Maritime Foundation administrator Jenny Rickerby said the regatta could get “absolutely crazy”. “We had a boat one year where it was just a platform and the kids put a bicycle on the top of it with pedals and they pedalled it with the paddles,” she said. “Because there is money involved now in winning the race, they really want to win, so they make things like really sleek canoes. “Last year’s winner was actually a little catamaran.” The final race winner takes home $500, while the runner-up gets $100. Winner of the construction award receives $250, as does the winner of the people’s choice award, as voted by the public. All at Sea Saturday is also set to feature youth markets, arts workshops, seafood tastings, and demonstrations by the TS Vancouver Navy Cadets and the Albany Radio Sailing Club. Live music will be provided by the John Calvin School Recorder Group, the Shantylillies, Shenanigans, Velvet Villains, and DJ Kevin Van Burle. For the full Maritime Festival program, visit cityofalbanyevents.com.