WORDS BY PERRY MACK, PHO­TOS BY JIM CAVIN

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Un­usual wa­ter­craft rac­ing in Sum­mer­land be­gan in 1910 when they con­ducted ap­ple box races.

ow, 107 years into the fu­ture, the Sum­mer­land Yacht Club will be hold­ing its an­nual fundraiser, the Great Ogo­pogo Bath­tub Race, on August 19th 2017, at Pow­ell Beach Park, Sum­mer­land.

For the just-for-fun Putt-putt, Pad­dle or Pull com­pe­ti­tion, you can use any­thing that will float. A full tub is not re­quired so you can use the old fam­ily wash­tub, a baby tub or some­thing sim­i­lar. Yes, a horse trough will work. There is a 3.2 kilo­me­tre course for this event run­ning along the north side of Trout Creek.

The 40 km (24 mile) com­pe­ti­tion course is for the more se­ri­ous rac­ers. And the com- pe­t­i­tive race spec­i­fi­ca­tions are nat­u­rally stricter. Your ves­sel must be a bath tub at least 48” (122 cm) long and 12” (30 cm) deep. The rim of the tub must be vis­i­ble above any deck­ing and the tubs can be real, or con­structed from a mold us­ing fi­bre­glass etc., but it must re­sem­ble a bath­tub. There are a num­ber of other ves­sel, pi­lot and rules and reg­u­la­tions, so check out the web site for the ex­act re­quire­ments.

Like the man in the in­fomer­cial says, ‘…but wait there’s more’! This years event will have ‘more’ than just races. Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties planned so far in­clude; a Pan­cake Breakfast in the Park, Bouncy Cas­tles, Face Paint­ing, Fish Pond, Lunch BBQ, and Fam­ily Sand Sculpt­ing.

This is a con­tin­u­ing fundrais­ing ef­fort for the new Pen­tic­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Tower Project, specif­i­cally the South Okana­gan Sim­ilka­meen Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion. All en-

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