Teams take to the waters of Windermere in cardboard boats

Richie’s Jolly Roger team launches

Richie’s Jolly Roger team launches

First published in News

BOATING enthusiasts made a splash when they took to the waters of Windermere in home-made cardboard vessels.

More than 20 teams took part in the ‘Low Wood No Wood’ cardboard boat race, run by Low Wood Bay Hotel, to raise money for the Calvert Trust.

The trust arranges outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.

“All the teams got very wet,” said spokesman for the event and South Lakeland district councillor Ben Berry. “The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere was great.”

Strict rules mean teams can use only cardboard, certain ‘buoyancy aids’ and duct tape.

The race was overseen by scrutineer ‘Admiral’ Derek Armstrong, from the Kendal office of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

The teams followed a 100m course to complete a time trial and then an ‘armada’ race.

The event raised just over £3,600.

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