PICTURES: Colourful cardboard boats race on the River Torridge

Bideford Water Festival saw cardboard boats racing down the River Torridge. Pictures: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Water Festival saw cardboard boats racing down the River Torridge. Pictures: Graham Hobbs

All the photos and video from the cardboard boat regatta at Bideford Water Festival - but how many entrants managed to stay afloat?

SCROLL DOWN to see more photos from the cardboard boat racing in Bideford.

It was a case of sink or swim for many competitors in Bideford’s first cardboard boat regatta on Sunday.

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The first event of its kind in the town took place as the highlight of this year’s Bideford Water Festival.

From the Big Bad Wolf chasing the Three Little Pigs, to a Viking longboat, the corrugated-creations were quite a sight to behold.

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Many of the boats managed to make it to the first buoy in the middle of the River Torridge.

But some took a more submarine-approach, with their riders abandoning ship and heading back to the shoreline, as their vessels sunk.

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Hundreds of people gathered on the quayside to watch and cheer on the racers in the sunshine.

There were trophies for the winners, as well as for the best in show, and other categories relating to the boats’ designs.

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

As well as the cardboard boat racing there was live music, stalls along the quayside, boating displays and a chance to look around the Appledore lifeboat.

Scroll down for more photos from Bideford Water Festival taken by Bideford photographer Graham Hobbs.

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs Cardboard boat racing and river-side fun at Bideford Water Festival. Picture: Graham Hobbs


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