There were no concerns over sewage out on Gerritsen Beach in Jamaica Bay this past Saturday. Instead, boaters were more concerned with whether their boats would float and be able to weather the impending battle for Mau Mau Island.
Organized by Swimming Cities, the art collective, the Battle for Mau Mau Island allowed participants (“gangs,” as they put it), to fight for the island. (The Parks Department will eventually turn Mau Mau—also known as White Island—into a grassland bird sanctuary.) All that was needed to participate were teammates, boats (already built, like motor boats, or makeshift, like water jugs), and costumes (which ranged from loincloths, teeny-tiny bikinis, body paint, to an assortment of hats, including pirate and fezzes). Boat teams included the Sex Offender, S.S. Botulism, and the Judgmental Cunts (which appropriately using a boat named “Princess Ladyboat”), and a raft surrounded by reflective panels that sprayed jet streams of water at other boats. Sabotage was highly encouraged.