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2018 Race Report: Unidentified Flying Platypus (UFP)



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Unidentified Flying Platypus (UFP)

Unidentified Flying PLATYPUS (Personal Longrange All-Terrain Yacht Proven Un-Safe) is the jaunty behemoth piloted by 9 green space aliens.

With a strong paddlewheel in the tail, oars were needed only for course corrections.

Aliens under the Nattie Boh tower.

For epitomizing the 20 years of Kinetics, and having been in every year’s race—while youngest participant Eli progressed from 4 to 24 years old—PLATYPUS received the 20th Anniversary Mystery & Tall Tales trophy.

PLATYPUS has raced in Baltimore since 2005:

  • 2017 as PLATYPUS Australian Cold-Cut Sub (Pilots’ Choice)
  • 2016 as The Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους
  • 2015 as PLATYPUS Lost in Space (2015 Space Cadet award)
  • 2014 as PLATYPUS LOST
  • 2013 as PURPLE PLATYPUS
  • 2012 as El PLATYPUS
  • 2011 (Grand Champion)
  • 2010 (Best Pit Crew award)
  • 2009 (People’s Choice)
  • 2008
  • 2007 (Engineering award)
  • 2006 (Engineering and People’s Choice)
  • 2005 (Grand Champion)

and before that, David Hess created Louie the Dog:

  • 2004 (Golden Flipper award)
  • 2003 (Engineering award)

and was rumored associated with:


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  1. 2018 Grand Champion: Baltimore Wheel Estate
  2. Off the Rails
  3. 3 Sculptures From St. Paul’s Schools
  4. Spacecation
  5. Unidentified Flying Platypus (UFP)
  6. Monster Under the Bed
  7. Revenge of the Sea
  8. The Jemicy Three
  1. Tick Tock the Croc
  2. High Hat
  3. Dazzlin’ Dino & the Sneeshaws
  4. Oh! Snap!
  5. Messie Nessie
  6. Earhart Returns!
  7. Nator
  8. Third Law (Land Punt)
  1. Trojnan Horse
  2. Shreker
  3. Paul’s Bunions & Babe (Fifi)
  4. The Golden Fleece
  5. Opening Ceremonies
  6. Thanks!
  7. Volunteers, Spectators & Crew
  8. The KineticBaltimore.com Team
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