Bath­tub rac­ers can win trip to Canada

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Bath­tubs will soon be tak­ing over Taka­puna Beach.

The in­au­gu­ral En­gle­field Bath­tub Derby will take place on Novem­ber 8 in sup­port of Coast­guard North­ern Re­gion.

But now is the time for peo­ple to en­ter.

En­gle­field is en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pants to mo­tor, sail, pedal or pad­dle a mod­i­fied bath­tub for a chance to win the first prize – a $6500 trip for two to the world cham­pi­onships and Nanaimo Marine Fes­ti­val in Canada in July.

En­trants re­ceive a plug­hole-free bath­tub from En­gle­field.

En­gle­field de­sign­ers have been work­ing on their tub since Jan­uary.

De­signer Peter Mur­phy says the ba­sic bath shape does not make a good boat.

Derby par­tic­i­pants should con­cen­trate on the back of the bath, he says.

“It needs lots of shear so wa­ter comes off re­ally eas­ily. If you just con­cen­trate on that you should have a re­ally fast bath,” Mr Mur­phy says.

Race en­tries close Oc­to­ber 10. Full de­tails and an en­try form can be found at www.bath tub­derby.co.nz.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Tub time: En­gle­field de­signer Peter Mur­phy test­ing the crowd pleaser which can reach speeds of about 20 knots.

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