Award Winners at IWA Canalway Cavalcade

Award Winners at IWA Canalway Cavalcade

10 May 2017

140 boats gathered for the Association’s 35th annual Canalway Cavalcade at London’s Little Venice over the 1st May Bank Holiday weekend.  Thousands of visitors came to see boats decked with gleaming boat brasses, flowers and bunting as well as wander the festival and sample the delights.

The “Waterways Tales” themed pageant attracted more than 20 competitors.  Ratty and Toad boated along in Wind in the Willows; The Narrow Dog to Carcassonne was represented as well as The Ugly Duckling, who sat dejectedly in a canoe being towed behind four unfriendly ducks.

On Sunday evening over twenty boats lit the waters of Brownings Pool as they paraded their displays in the illuminated procession. There were some stunning entries, including nb Dragonfly with gossamer wings ablaze with light; nb Non Such sporting a flaming chimney; the stately nb Prince Regent and the cheeky Bantam IV tug with her stern flashing with coloured lights.

Congratulations to all the award winners as follows:

Pageant – Best privately owned winning the Marcus Boudier Trophy
Little Gem
Runner up: Highlander

Pageant – best community/volunteer group  winning the Ray Dunford Buckby Can
Ben Gorton

Boaters Sunday Best winning the Vic Trott Trophy
Illuminated Boat winning the Cruise Electric Trophy
Runner up: Highlander

Not a previous entry to Pageant /Illuminated Boats winning the Graham Capelin Award

Boat Handling winning the Westminster Trophy
Mark Saxon on Rachel
Runner up: Iquitos

Novice Boat Handling  winning the Roger Squires Trophy
Helen Dobbie on Augusta

Best Boat winning the Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy
Miss Ellie 2
Boat Handling (ladies only) winning the Idle Women’s Cup    
Helen Dobbie on Augusta

Illuminated Boat Visitors Award        
Joint Winners - Arc 2 and Highlander

Pageant – Best privately owned Visitors Award        
Little Gem

See photographs of 2017 Cavalcade in IWA Flickr Gallery.

IWA’s Parliamentarian of the Year, Lord German presided at the Opening Ceremony, speaking to an audience which included IWA’s Vice President, David Suchet and his wife Sheila.  Lord German stressed how important the canals are, adding that pressure should be applied to politicians and the Government to ensure that those restored are not lost.

Booking IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2018
Would you like to attend IWA Canalway Cavalcade in 2018? Priority booking for boats is now open for IWA members.  To be sure of a space book your mooring now.

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