Hottest IWA Canalway Cavalcade on Record

Hottest IWA Canalway Cavalcade on Record

09 May 2018

The hottest May Day Bank Holiday weekend since 1978 brought the crowds out in droves in Little Venice, where the 36th annual IWA Canalway Cavalcade took place.  140 boats lined up along the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals and moored by their sterns in Brownings Pool. With bunting gently bouncing in the breeze and their paint- and brass-work gleaming they presented a colourful spectacle, alongside marquees and gazebos selling a multitude of items. The Noyze Boyz played in the Pool, and soul bands, flamenco dancing and the nationally acclaimed Rock Choir performed in the Amphitheatre to huge crowds, who waved, joined in the singing and danced.

At the Opening ceremony, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ian Adams, welcomed everyone to the City of Westminster and thanked The Inland Waterways Association for putting on the event.  Speeches were followed by the Pageant which this year proposed the theme of Canal Builders. Boats and crews accessorized with picks and shovels, boots and wheelbarrows. One boat was covered in “bricks” to resemble a canal tunnel, another had models of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Falkirk Wheel on the roof and another went right back in history to 500BC with crew dressed in costume to commemorate the Grand Canal of China.  On Sunday evening the Procession of Illuminated Boats attracted large crowds, and boaters covered their boats with as many lights as would fit along the roofs and sides, powered entirely by their batteries.

See gallery of photos on Flickr.

Awards were presented as follows by Mrs Laura Radley, widow of the late Arthur Farrand Radley, who initiated Canalway Cavalcade in 1983.

Marcus Boudier Trophy

For the best decorated privately entered boat in Saturday’s themed Pageant

Winner: Highlander, owned by Tony Tucker

Runner up: Webbies

The Ray Dunford Buckby Can Trophy

For the best decorated boat entered by a waterway or community group:

Winner: Red Watch, owned by Tony Catchpole

The Cruise Electric Trophy

For the best illuminated boat in Sunday evening’s Procession:

Winner: Rachel, owned by Mark Saxon

Runner up: My Lovely

The Graham Capelin Award

For the best entry by a boater who has not previously taken part in either the Saturday Pageant or Illuminated Boats

Winner: My Lovely

The Westminster Trophy

Donated by the City of Westminster for the winner of the Boat Handling Competition

Winner: Stronghold, steered by Ray Oakhill

The Roger Squires Trophy

Presented by St Pancras Cruising Club in recognition of Roger’s 10 years as their Commodore, it is awarded to the best novice competitor in the Boat Handling Competition

Winner: Stella, steered by Karen Cook

The Vic Trott Memorial Trophy

Is open to boaters and non-boaters, awarded to the couple in the best “Boaters’ Sunday Best” costume:

Winner: Caroline Moore of Iquitos

The Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy

Goes to the “Best Boat” at Canalway Cavalcade, selected from all the boat entries at the event, it is awarded in recognition of Mike’s outstanding contribution to IWA and Canalway Cavalcade during his lifetime

Winner: Mystique, owned by Paul Campbell.

The Idle Women Shield

Sponsored by Jan Knox, proprietor of Canal Experience Training School, the shield was awarded to the best lady entrant in the Boat Handling Competition

Winner: Wild Garlic, steered by Ms Laurence Dugeon

The Visitors’ Favourite Boat Trophies

Sponsored by The Inland Waterways Association’s Canalway Cavalcade Committee two new trophies were awarded to boats in the Pageant and Illuminated Procession which received the highest number of visitors’ votes.

Pageant Winner: Stumpy

Illuminated Procession Winner: Dragonfly

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