Boat racing

This weekend we went along to the 25th annual cardboard boat race on the Union Canal in Linlithgow. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Cardboard boats of all shapes and sizes had to navigate a course around the canal basin in the quickest time. Some launched and sank almost immediately while others, amazingly, completed the course pretty much intact. One even had a piper aboard and had an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic as it went down with the piper still piping. The fire engine boat you can see in one of the pictures below came third. My favourite was a boat done up to look like a birthday cake, called the Soggy Sponge. It unceremoniously toppled on its side as soon as it hit the water, capsizing its bravely paddling inhabitants. Surely every town needs a cardboard boat race!

Photographs of the cardboard boat racing at Linlithgow by Hannah Foley. All rights reserved (

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