As part of a visit to the Isle of Man, Stan Bowes, the District Governor Elect for Rotary District 1285 will be taking part in the World Tin Bath Championships in Castletown on Saturday 9th July 2016.

Each year, the World Tin Bath Championship takes place in the Middle Harbour, Castletown in the Isle of Man. Competitors use the decorated tin baths like small paddle boats. The winner is either the first to cross the finish line or the one who covers the furthest distance before sinking.

In the past organisers have commented that the appeal of races are that "People just like to have fun and the spectators come because they like to see people get wet and they like to see people sink. It's two hours of family fun and slapstick entertainment involving household tin baths that your granny will have used in front of the fire."

The event has been run since 1971 and all the money raised from this event goes to local charities. The event, is run by the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society

Once again members of the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann will help on the day with the running of this event.

The World Famous Tin Bath Championship, for men and women, attracts over 100 entrants each year. Besides local competitors, entrants have travelled from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, U.S.A., plus many continental countries.

In 2014, it featured in the Daily Telegraph's top 10 weirdest festivals, ranking alongside Cornwall's Nudefest and Finland's Wife Carrying World Championships.

Want to see what the event is all about, then watch this footage of the 2012 World Tin Bath Championships on YouTube

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