Viking Longboat racers refuse to get blown off course

The Viking Longboat Races in Peel

The Viking Longboat Races in Peel

The annual World Championship Viking Longboat Races took place in Peel on Sunday after the weather forced Saturday’s planned event to be postponed.

Strong onshore winds put the event back a day but it still attracted 64 teams out 79 who had planned to row on Saturday.

In the men’s event, Farghers Lift Men were the champions with Central Young Farmers in second place and Southern Young Farmers taking third.

Central Young Farmers went one better in the ladies’ event beating Northern Young Farmers into second place with ‘Puck3r up Fellas’ in the third.

In the mixed competition ‘Raven Raiders’ came out on top with ‘Western Vikings Minions’ in second and ‘Western Vikings’ coming third.

Central Young Farmers Ladies were crowned overall World Champions.

Organiser Jimmy Lee said: ‘The races were held in bright sunshine and calm conditions with the competitors and visitors to Peel making the most of the good weather.

‘The event was run in association with RL360 and Manx Radio with additional support from our other partners Heron and Brearley and Promenade T-shirts.

‘We’d like to thank all our sponsors for their continuing support and all of the helpers who made the day run smoothly.

‘Also a big thank you to the western neighbourhood policing team who were very patient and supportive in all our decisions to delay the races.’




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