The Linlithgow Union Canal Society held its 25th anniversary annual Cardboard Boat Race on the Forth and Clyde Canal at the weekend.
Reasonably favourable weather saw sixteen crews take part in a contest that displayed great ingenuity and much use of brainpower.
A soggy outcome was guaranteed for each hopeful crew and it was only a matter of time before each met their watery fate.
Eight vessels completed the course while another eight didn’t quite make the ultimate goal of removing a candle from the jaws of a crocodile before placing it in the anniversary cake at the opposite end of the basin.
Experience and previous form was an advantage for the navigators and the ‘Coleram Cruiser’ skippered by Peter Coleman won the British Waterways silver trophy but only by a mere four seconds.
Linlithgow Roses’ Girls Football team won the best entry in the Under 14 category with their Brazilian football theme effort called ‘Brazuca’.’
The Unsinkable’ disproved its name after only fifteen seconds but still won the Novice Paddlers Trophy for the most promising new entry.
George Pennycook’s ‘Greased Lightning’ sailed off with the Bill Watt trophy for its clever and useful inclusion of a life raft.
The Wooden Spoon trophy was ‘won’ by ‘The Soggy Sponge’, living up to expectations a short two seconds after launching.
As a reward for enthusing the spectators the ‘Very Ugly Duckling’, with Kate Ogden at the helm, was awarded the trophy for best entertainment while the novice Linlithgow Air Cadets slowly went down on the starboard side to the sound of crew member Graeme Sinclair’s haunting pibroch.