Nanaimo Marine Festival & World Championship Bathtub Raceby
It’s a Nanaimo thing. World Championship Bathtub Racing is a high-thrills, adrenaline pumping sport that’s been a tradition on Vancouver Island since 1967. I had the chance to go out on the water with a bathtub racer earlier this spring to learn more about the sport, its history, and the community festival that has been built up around it. Read my full story for FestivalSeekers online and check out some photos from my day out at Departure Bay:
World Championship Bathtub Race
After getting tossed out of a bathtub on the waters off Nanaimo’s Departure Bay, all Jamie Garcia could say, with a giant smile splashed across his face, was, “Does that thing ever rip!”
“It’s all part of the race,” Marion Steward added as she turned our support boat around to go and pick him up. Stewart has been racing in the Nanaimo Marine Festival’s World Championship Bathtub Race for the past 12 years, which is where she met fellow competitor Garcia.
I got to tag along one morning as Garcia was testing out a new motor on his custom-built tub. It was an impressive 40 pounds of fibreglass, decorated chromed parts and sponsor logos – and it was now upside-down in the water.
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Find out more about the Nanaimo Marine Festival & World Championship Bathtub Race happening Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, 2016 where you’ll find plenty of live entertainment, food, family fun, and more all surrounding the bathtub race.
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Hi there just found your site, I lived in Nanaimo for almost 30 yrs. and worked in the restaurants (Lighthouse bistro, Zeta’s cafe…before they tore it down) and I was in the very 1st “Silly Boat Race” I think we were 1st. or 2nd to sink….lots of fun!
Can I use this page on my Blog…I have people all over the world who are totally fascinated by life here on the Island and I like to share with them the Bath-Tub Race!
I live in Port Alberni now……
Thanks for reading!
T. Asman (Ladybuggz)
Love how bailing is expected and nobody thinks they should lay off the throttle! Great festival with a great atmosphere. Plus who can really complain with the Nanaimo Bar Trail close at hand??