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Tin bath races make a splash

David Kelly's Island of Culture tin bath won best-dressed bath accolade

David Kelly's Island of Culture tin bath won best-dressed bath accolade

Erika Cowen and Lee Cain again stormed to victory at the World Tin Bath Races.

It was Erika’s 16th win and Lee’s ninth in the event organised by the Castletown Ale Drinkers’ Society at Castletown’s middle harbour.

One of the organisers, Dave Collister, said: ‘Erica looks unbeatable. She is the John McGuinness of the Tin Bath World Championships.

‘And I think Lee has become Joey Dunlop.’

There really was an international turnout – competitors took part from as far away as Azerbaijan.

In the men’s race, Nick Cain came second and Tom Parry was third.

The team prize went to Lee and Nick and Ron Kelly.

In the women’s race, Suzanne Saltor was runner up and Louise was third.

The women’s team prize went to Eastern Young Farmers, made up of Suzanne and Louise as well as Paula Gelling.

Joe Knappim, who travelled from England to take part, was the first to sink.

And it was David Kelly, who went for an Island of Culture theme, who won the prize for the best bath.

The veterans race (for over 40s) was won by Lee Cain followed by Tom Parry and Quentin Templeton.

Friends Provident won the Manx International Snake Race Championship, with Castle Crusaders as runner up.

The best man powered flight attempt went to Nottingham Fryers.

Mr Collister said the 43rd World Tin Bath Championships ‘went well’.

‘Considering the weather was not that brilliant we raised over £6,000 for local charities,’ he said.

‘There were over 3,000 people there.’

• For more pictures from the World Tin Bath Championships see this week’s Manx Independent, on sale in shops on Thursday.

 

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