World Tin Bath Championships: Former champion wins back crown – BBC News

A former champion has regained her crown at the annual World Tin Bath Championships on the Isle of Man.

Erika Cowen took the top spot in the women’s race on Saturday, a year after she was edged into second place for the first time in two decades.

Returning champion David Watts took the top spot in the men’s race again, while the Connect 2 Accounting team triumphed in the snake races.

Hundreds turned out to watch the races, which were held in Castletown Harbour.

The event saw about 60 solo competitors take to the water, with entrants paddling the 350-yard (400m) course in a wide variety of decorated tin baths.

About 170 people also took part in the snake race challenge, which sees teams of six work together to navigate the course.

Organised by the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society (CADS), the event raised £5,800 for local charities.

Thanking the crowd of about 2,500 spectators for their support, CADS’ Boris Kitching said it had been a “whole town effort”.

“The town was absolutely packed and everybody had big smiles,” he said.

The championships, which were first started in 1971, will celebrate their 50th year in 2021.

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