42 “tubbers” entered the race this year
It was a spectacular Sunday in Nanaimo as thousands of people lined the waterfront at Maffeo Sutton Park to watch over 40 tubbers battle it out in a race that began in 1967.
“At the start of the festivities there was a lot of fun tubs and that type of thing but now it’s become an integral part of the Marine Festival and there’s a lot of fun competition but there is competition” Commodore Bill McGuire told CHEK News.
And it did not go well for a few tubbers.
At least one went under before the race even began and had to be rescued by an RCMP boat.
Nanaimo’s Justin Lofstrom won the race.
“Can’t feel my toes, my feet, my knees” he told CHEK News after weighing in following the race. “You just take a pounding. You’re cramped up in that thing for an hour and ten minutes you know you don’t move too much right? Kidneys take a pounding”
And because of that many of the racers have a hard time even standing up when they get to shore which the crowd finds very entertaining.
“It’s exciting to see how their efforts pay off for what they’ve tried to do” said one of the spectators who lined the waterfront.
George Johnson knows all about the fun. He raced in 1967 and liked it so much that he stayed for 30 more after that.
“We were the longest running team, family team. It’s a lot faster now” said Johnson.