It’s Great International World Championship Bathtub Race day in Nanaimo. Pictured here, a scene from the 2017 race. (News Bulletin file)

Competitors to vie for bathtub race crown in waters off Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race begins at 11 a.m.

Bathtub racers will start their engines when the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race begins today at 11 a.m.

Festivities began on Friday at Maffeo Sutton Park with a concert featuring Wise Youngblood and Big Sugar. Celebrations continued Saturday with the Shaw Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade, featuring longtime volunteer Margaret Johnson as parade marshal and the re-dedicating of a vessel in honour of Bill McGuire, former commodore who died last December.

Saturday’s festivities ended with the Quality Foods Festival of Lights fireworks.

RELATED: Parade honours driving forces behind bathtub race

RELATED: World’s fastest racer to be determined in Nanaimo

For a digital copy of the 2019 race program, click here.

Follow the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s website and Twitter and Facebook accounts for coverage of today’s race. Links to the social media accounts are below.

More race coverage on Facebook and Twitter

Just Posted

Huard’s Haunted House returns to terrify mid Island for another spooky season

Halloween attraction open in Cassidy every night through Oct. 31

Green Party’s Paul Manly re-elected in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

John Hirst of the Conservatives runner-up, Bob Chamberlin of the NDP third

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

ELECTION 2019: Here are the results from our 12 B.C. races to watch

Incumbents mostly won our 12 key races, but there were a few upsets too

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

‘Issue-by-issue parliament’: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective

Scandals, social issues, racism defined 2019 federal election, SFU prof says

Misconduct investigations spike by 65% across B.C.’s municipal police forces: report

Reports overall up 15 per cent while complaints made by public down seven per cent

‘Wexit’ talk percolates day after Liberals returned to power with minority

An online petition is calling for a western alliance and Alberta to separate

Federal election saw 66% of registered voters hit the polls across Canada

Roughly 18 million people cast their ballots, voting in a Liberal minority government

Alleged RCMP secret leaker must stay with B.C. parents while on bail

Cameron Ortis, 47, is charged with violating the Security of Information Act

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: SFU prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Most Read