In pictures: Hurley Regatta 2012

In pictures: Hurley Regatta 2012

John Balson

In pictures: Hurley Regatta 2012

'Messing about in boats since 1973' is the motto of the Hurley Regatta - and they certainly lived up to it again this year.

More than 1,000 people lined the banks of the Thames to cheer on people paddling in bath tubs and dragon boats as well as more serious racing.

About 90 races were held during the day including the novelty race, open Canadian canoe and the damsel in distress race.

Team Flojo won the dragon boat race and the novelty tug-of-war for the third year in a row.

Regatta chairman Martin Fry, who described this year's regatta as 'blessed', said: "There is a real challenge for next year to see if anyone out there can beat them in one or both of these races."

There was also a water tug-of-war and a raft race, in which teams had just one hour to build a raft before launching it on the water.

Profits from this year's regatta will be going to SportsAble.

See Thursday's Advertiser for more Hurley Regatta photos.

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