The 43rd World Tin Bath Championships will take place in the middle harbour, Castletown, tomorrow (Saturday), starting at 3pm.
The event is run by the Castletown Ale Drinkers’ Society and sponsored by Jameson Whiskey, Heron and Brearley, Capital International, The Vineyard, Tower Insurance, 3FM and Poker Stars.
It has attracted an entry of more than 86 competitors from around the world.
Lee Cain returns to defend his title but with Nick Cain back it should prove to be a close race.
Also taking part is Rory Harding from Luxembourg, Hikmet Babayev the Azerbaijan champion, Joe Knappim, Michael Foster and Mal West from the UK.
Again there are 20 veterans (over 40s) taking part in the races, Holmes Blackburn and Dave Collister making their 43rd attempt to win.
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The team event should prove another win for the Cains but watch out for the UK team, Sponge Bob, Action Bath with two teams lead by Tom Cringle, Tintanic, team S Chris and the Castle Crusaders.
In the ladies’ race 15-times winner Erika Cowen will be out to win again (the John McGuinness of Tin Bath racing) but could face a close race from Louise and Suzanne Saltor and from English trio of Eleanor Dobson, Iona McNeil and Camilla West. More than 34 ladies will take part this year.
Team Race will see Eastern Young Farmers out for a win but look out for the Lambs Navy Rum team and Lucy Parkington, Laxey Miners and the Isle of Man Bank.
The other races taking place is the Manx International Snake Race Championships. Last year’s winners Southern Young Farmers return, but watch out Eastern, Northern and Central.
Isle of Man Newspapers’ ‘Newsflashers’ will report first hand and watch out for the Laxey Circus and the Blue Nuns.
During the afternoon Birdmen and women (and we need more) will make attempts at man powered flight along with the CADS with more new stunts this year.
Compère for the day will be Trevor Taubman, just back from the Games in Glasgow, Castletown Band will play from 2pm to 3pm (Handel’s water music would be nice), Port St Mary Lifeboat will also be on hand if baths sink.
So come along to the World Tin Bath Championships at the Tin Bath Racing capital of the world, Castletown, and enjoy two hours of slapstick stunts and family entertainment.
All proceeds go to the local charities, so help us to help others. Go on, bring your soap, bring your bath, come and watch and have a laugh, use your Loofah, you know it makes sense.
Contact Dave Collister on 823996(H) 341852 (M) or any CADS member for details.