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Barney Goes Tin Bath Racing

Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures. Barney travels to the Isle of Man to take part in the annual World Tin Bath Championships.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, fakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Today, I've travelled to the Isle of Man

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to take part in an incredible sport.

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It's going to take nerves of steel, real skill and extreme endurance.

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And, er, and a tin bath.

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This is the World Tin Bath Championships,

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and it attracts competitors from all over the globe.

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I'm catching up with founder Dave to find out more.

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Now, my grandma and grandad actually had one of these tin baths in

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their front room,

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and I used to have a bath in it in front of the fire in their house.

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That's how old these things are. Do they have to be tin for this race?

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Yes, they've got to be tin.

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That's why it's the World Tin Bath Championship,

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as opposed to World Bath Championship.

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Yeah, that makes sense.

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And what does the bath have to be before it can float on water?

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How do you make it float?

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To make it float, you need two one-gallon cans on

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a piece of two by one, three, four foot wide.

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And that puts your float on it.

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Tie it to the bath, get a paddle, and away you go.

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Can I put a motor on it? Can I put an electric motor on it?

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-No electric motors, no outside agents.

-Rockets?

-No rockets.

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-No, we've had that.

-OK. So just a tin bath.

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-Standard household tin bath.

-I need a bath.

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I thought I could smell something.

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I think I'll do the comedy, thank you very much.

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Right, no, an actual bath, please, Dave.

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This may seem like fun, but competitors take this event

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pretty seriously, and making your bath look good is all part of it.

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So I've given mine a bit of a Blue Peter makeover.

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My little tin bath beauty, isn't she gorgeous?

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Now, I know it's Blue Peter and I did want to paint it blue,

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but we didn't have any blue paint. So it's yellow.

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I've thought of everything.

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I've got a camera, you can see what I'm doing in the tin bath.

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I've got a bailout bowl.

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This is important because water is going to come into

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the bath, so I can bail the water out so I don't sink.

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If that gets into trouble, I've got another bowl,

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so I can bailout the bailout bowl.

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I've thought of everything.

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I've done some incredible things on Blue Peter,

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but today, I'm taking it to the next level.

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You can keep your power shower, and I don't need no soap.

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It's just me and my bathing machine.

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Let's do this.

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So the idea of this race is quite simple.

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I've got to get into my tin bath,

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which is very difficult to steer as a boat, and I've got to head out

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from here to the very end, you see where the bridge is in the distance?

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I've got to go under that, around that little sort of bunting line

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and then come back down here to the finish line.

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Now, it's actually... Apparently, the most amount of sinkages, the

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people who go under the water, that happens here, right at the start.

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It's very difficult to get your balance.

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So as long as I get my balance right, I should be able to set off.

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'But that's easier said than done. As I soon discover.'

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All right, we are in. We're in. Oh, we were in.

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We're not in.

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'I'm sinking. Yeah, I'm actually sinking.

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'Not a good start.

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'OK, this is getting a bit embarrassing now.'

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-ANNOUNCER:

-Blue Peter is not having a lot of success here.

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Now, the boat that I was in originally is no good,

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so Dave, the guy we met earlier on,

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the organiser who started this 50 years ago, he's given me the

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original tin bath that he raced in, that started this whole thing.

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So I'm driving an icon. It's older than Blue Peter.

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I can't wait to get in it and give it a go.

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'New boat, fresh start, and I think I'm getting the hang of it.'

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As soon as you start paddling,

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it actually becomes a bit more difficult to keep stable.

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I think the key here is, keep moving.

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And I think I've got steering down, I think. Just about.

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Yeah, I think we're going to be OK.

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I think we're going to be fine on this one.

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'With the race only moments away,

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'I eventually join my fellow competitors at the start line.'

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-ANNOUNCER:

-Are you ready?

-Yes.

-On your marks,

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set, go!

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'And we're off.

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'Now, considering I've done absolutely

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'no training for this, it seems to be going OK.'

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I'm past the yellow buoy. I'm past the yellow buoy. This is great news.

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This is great news.

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I'm also not dead last, there's this guy in the very sparkly shirt.

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OK, no, no, now I'm last, I'm last. That's OK.

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'I may be last, but I'm still afloat, unlike some others.'

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Man down, two men down. And Barney is still going strong.

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'Don't be too confident, Barney.' No, no, no. No!

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No!

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'And my fellow competitors aren't helping either.'

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Whoa! That's cheating.

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That's definitely cheating.

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'All this constant paddling is starting to take its toll.'

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This is so hard. I'm trying my hardest.

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I've lost all my strength because I'm using quite

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a lot of my energy to keep this thing floating and staying upright.

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'I'm almost halfway, but now for the tricky bit.

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'I need to turn under the bridge.'

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This is the hardest bit, this is where we can capsize.

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'Am I going to do it? Keep paddling.'

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No! No. 'Oh, no.

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'Oh, disaster.'

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That's so hard, I was so close!

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'I've had so much fun. And I may not be the World Tin Bath

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champion, but I gave it my very best shot.'

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Yeah, I need a bath.

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A real one.

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'Join in every Thursday at CBBC.'

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Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures with Barney, Lindsey and Radzi. Barney travels to the Isle of Man to take part in the annual World Tin Bath Championships.