When: 16th August 2014 at 3pm
Where: Middle Harbour, Castletown, Isle of Man
£: Free to watch
What is it?
The 43rd World Tin Bath Championships will take place on 16th August 2014 at the Middle Harbour in Castletown, Isle of Man.
The World Tin Bath Championship is an annual event that raises money for charity in a fun and quirky way. The championship first took place in 1971 and today it usually attracts around 100 competitors, as well as many spectators. The event often attracts entries from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the USA.
The World Tin Bath Championships are pretty much as they sound. Competitors dress in various costumes and race around the harbour in customised tin baths. Each competitor must paddle in a tin bath which is allowed one wooden outrigger and two buoyancy aids attached to it. The winner is the first to finish the course or the one covering the greatest distance.
If that isn’t crazy enough for you, there is also the Snake Race. For this challenge six people race, sitting backwards on an inflated tube. For the kids there is the Rope Drop, where the aim is to drop from an aerial rope slide into a rubber ring.
The event is organised by the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society.
Castletown, where the championships are held, is a fishing town and the former capital of the Isle of Man. It is the site of Tynwald (the Isle of Man’s Viking Parliament) and the town can trace its roots back as far as 1090.
More info: www.castletown.org.im/tinbaths