Every July in the World Tin Bath Championships, over one hundred competitors race around a 400-metre course in Castletown’s Middle Harbour in ‘strictly regulated’ and sometimes less than seaworthy old tin baths. Competitors come from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the USA to compete, often in fancy dress ranging from pirates, captains, ducks, gorillas and Vikings to nuns and American presidents. Organised by the Castletown Real Ale Drinkers Society the race was started in 1971 and all the money raised by the event goes to local charities. There are plenty of activities for spectators to have a good time too. Check out more on this year’s event here.
Photo credit “Snake Race competitors at World Tin Bath Championships in Castletown” by BoyReale is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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