Yes that’s right, you haven’t misread the title, a CARDBOARD boat race.
Two weeks ago Lakeland Arts decided to enter a team into this race to represent Windermere Jetty. The intrepid two members of staff that volunteered set about gathering a team of highly skilled staff and volunteers to help them to create a masterpiece of engineering that would carry them around a marked course on Windermere.
The inspiration for the boat came from a wonderful story based on Windermere. At the turn of the twentieth century, the boatmen of Windermere wanted to attract more tourists to use their boats. To do this, they created a mysterious creature, called a Tizzie Whizie, which could only be found on Windermere if you looked hard enough. The Tizzie Whizie had the body of a hedgehog, wings and antenna and also a tail. Last photographed in 1906, we thought it was high time that Tizzie Whizie made a return to Windermere.
You can clearly see the likeness between the original, as seen on the boat’s flag below, and our boat!
SS Tizzie Whizie turned out not to be the fastest boat on Windermere on the day of the race. However, it definitely had staying power as the boat and her crew won the Armada Award for last boat afloat at the end of the day.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who spent time after work to help us construct the boat and also to those who came to Low Wood Marina on the day to support us. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Captain Parr & First Mate Reid