Bathtub Race Cancelled

This popular maritime race in Poole has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The New Year’s Day Bathtub race at the Quay attracts around 3,000 people every year. Even in wet weather crowds turn out in force to watch the event, which has been running for more than 40 years.

Captain Brian Murphy, harbour master, Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “The Bathtub race is hugely popular with participants and spectators coming from all over the country to take part. It is precisely that popularity that means it is best to pause things for a year.”

“We realise that this will be a disappointment for many, but it is the right decision given the ongoing risks to public health from Covid-19.

Please rest assured the Bathtub race will return and we look forward to seeing the bathtubs back on the water for New Year’s Day 2022.”

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