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2011 Race Report: Ankh-ers Away

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Ankh-ers Away

It’s utterly unprecedented for the judges to give one team any major award three years in a row—especially the Art Award. However, Frank Conlan’s team of Make Believers creates such spectacular entries that for the judges to do otherwise would be a travesty.

Pilot's Choice The sail features the image of Maat, the Egyptian goddess of justice, under the sun to which she gives birth every morning, and with Baltimore’s Teutonic Kinetic Chicken on her forehead.

Above the waterline along the hull were painted hieroglyphics portraying the history of the Make Believers, including (at right) the premonition that they would cross the finish line at AVAM.

On the water, sets of oars worked via hand cranks.

However, the sail caught the wind as much as one might expect, and—since it could not be tacked—the ship blew strongly off course. The crew pulled down the sail and…

…were towed to shore by trusty volunteers.

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  1. Champion PLATYPUS
  2. Ankh-ers Away
  3. The Lobe Trotters
  4. Pussy Galore
  5. When Hell Freezes Over
  6. Go Ask Alice
  7. The Boxer Bee
  8. Jemicy’s Vechysvboat, Einherjar, Odin, Ve and Vidar, Buri, and Brunehilde
  9. Am-ish sin Caballo
  10. Claw Machine
  1. The V-8 Power Plants
  2. Itty Bitty Charm City
  3. Margot the Escargot
  4. Bee-Have
  5. Bob
  6. Idol 001
  7. Speed Racer
  8. Batmobile
  9. T-Wrecks Reformed
  10. Star Fisher
  11. The PolyGnomials
  1. The Kipplala
  2. The Firebreather
  3. Cat-amaran
  4. AVAM’s Fifi is a Lucky Dog, Bumpo, and Frog
  5. Kinetic Couch
  6. Thanks! Batala, Baltimore Police, and HMS Yellowbottom
  7. Volunteers
  8. Spectators
  9. The Team
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