It was a battle for buoyancy at the inaugural Pirates’ Week cardboard boat race Saturday at Hog Sty Bay, George Town.
To the surprise of a 500 strong crowd and many of the crews themselves, the majority of the 19 lavish vessels entered managed to stay afloat and complete the course.
In the end, a crew from Red Sail Sports took out the cup, narrowly edging out the Livingstone Group Pith Heads, who had surged from behind after copping heavy traffic at the race’s start.
Third place went to the Tequila Pirates, while a crew from radio station X107.1 had the dubious honour of winning the most spectacular sinking and the shortest race awards.
Pre-race sentimental favourite, the Planning Department, who raced in a magnificent floating Caymanian style house, finished further back in the field but took out the gong for best boat design.
After the race, contestants foreshadowed a big future for the new pirates’ week event that had drawn a large festive crowd to the George Town harbour.
“It was so much fun,” said Captain Michael Fullerton from the second place Livingstone Pith Heads vessel. “Look at this place. There are so many people here to watch; it’s just fantastic.”