Sunday, 27 July 2014

Bathtub Weekend in Nanaimo

This weekend marks the 47th annual Nanaimo Bathtub Race weekend. There is the usual assortment of markets, car displays, fireworks etc. Of course, the highlight is the start of the bathtub race on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

We started with going downtown on Friday and Saturday to check out the downtown market.

Just before we left on Friday, Doug noticed that we had
a little visitor on one of our light flowers on the patio....


The old downtown part of Nanaimo. Really busy with
people enjoying the sun and warmth!!





A few hot rods but not too many. There was, apparently, a show and shine
in Parksville this same weekend so I guess that is where everyone was.


Still, some were quite "showy"!!
So often the market vendors are pretty predictable (nice but predictable). It was refreshing to meet Heath who has a very unique type of art work. He uses the glass globe to wood burn beautiful pictures into cedar planks. He also does very light and delicate jewellery. Way to go Heath. Nice to see something different!! He has an email or you can check things out on his facebook page:

He has to wear welding goggles to protect his eyes...

It's only a 5 minutes walk down to the harbour
from the little downtown core...

When you continue walking from the main part of the harbour you
come to the park where the bathtubs will leave from.....

Remote army robot...
Saturday night it was time for fireworks. It takes place right in the harbour that I have shown you above. Pretty impressive display for a small city that's for sure. It started promptly at 10 pm and went on for 20 minutes....





Sunday morning we headed back down to the harbour. Good thing it is only 10 minutes away. The GIANT bathtub is there and this is the official start line for the race. Below, I have copied a small article about the history of the race.

Nanaimo harbour was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first race in 1967, which was Canada’s 100th Birthday. As the City of Nanaimo's "Centennial Event" more than 200 tubbers in every type of watercraft imaginable entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the 36 mile course to Vancouver's Fisherman's Cove across the Straits of Georgia. Now the "Great RACE" finishes at Departure Bay beach in Nanaimo covering a very grueling course that starts in Nanaimo Harbor, goes around Entrance Island, north west to Winchelsea Islands, around a naval ship, past Schooner Cove
and then back to Departure Bay beach in Nanaimo.
In the early days it was indeed a challenge to just get past the starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large observation and escort boats in Nanaimo harbor. From the confusion of a first time bathtub race in 1967, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo "Great" INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & 3 day Marine Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubbers were the highlight they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch.
All photos below are courtesy of the Nanaimo Bathtub Race website from the 2013 race. I would never be able to get close enough without getting my feet wet!!

I mean, these guys (and gals) are C-R-A-Z-Y!!!
 There are rescue boats that accompany each of the
bathtubs on the circuit for safety reasons.....check this
guy out. He is actually airborne!!
Here are my pictures from the start of the race. There were only about 34 tubs this year. It certainly draws lots of people. The race takes about 1-1/2 and up to about 3 hours. Sorry but I couldn't find exactly how long the course is. The finish line is at Departure Bay Beach which is right by the ferry terminal.

The line of red barrels is the start line....and here they come!!

Back down at the harbour later, this rather dilapidated old boat
came in. It was towing a small flat raft behind it with
two plastic chairs attached!! Crazy!!
This is what was being towed behind..... 
It was a great weekend of sunshine and warmth. Nice Nanaimo festivities. Hope everyone else has had a great weekend too!!
Thought for the Day: Do more of what makes you happy...

1 comment:

  1. Teresa would probably do well in a bathtub race, as long as it included bubble bath, a candle, glass of wine, and soft music!!

    Local events are always a great excuse to get outside!!

    Have fun ... TnT