Bathtubs to battle for supremacy on Saturday

BATHTUB racing returns to the island this weekend when the Guernsey Yacht Club will stage the annual event on the model yacht pond.

In aid of the RNLI, CI Air Search and the Guernsey Sailing Trust, anybody can take part.

Traditionally the event was held in the harbour at the start of the year, and its continuation shows that the club has a rich history of bathtub racing, said GYC commodore Anna Rivers.

‘Using bathtubs on the model yacht pond enables our younger participants to take part and it also provides more spectator involvement with water pistols and outside interference positively encouraged,’ she said.

One of the trophies the competitors will be trying to win.

‘With The America’s Cup spearheading the forefront of sailing technology and the ingenuity of the members who knows what will happen, we might even see some foiling bathtubs in years to come.’

Mrs Rivers added that in addition to the bathtub racing, and as part of the club’s ongoing 130th anniversary celebrations, they hoped to float 130 paper boats on the model yacht pond between 5 and 6pm on the day.

These boats have been made from waterproof paper and will be illuminated and will be available to anybody who wants to take part.

Refreshments and food will be provided at the club house.

n Racing takes place from 2- 4pm on Saturday and bathtubs can be hired for £5 a session. Buoyancy aids will be provided.

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