By Nicole Crescenzi
Black Press Media contributor
Not every vessel comes with a standard issue of milk and sugar—then again, most sea vessels aren’t humongous, fibreglass teacups.
That’s what you’ll spot on Willows Beach on Sunday, June 5 during the Floating Teacup Race, a long-standing tradition of the Oak Bay Tea Party. It’s a family-friendly event of hilarity which features the district’s mayor (Kevin Murdoch) against a yet-to-be-named competitor.
Past opponents have included actors, Olympians, mayors from other municipalities, police chiefs, radio DJs and more.
“You have to row out into the water, go touch the Oak Bay Rescue Society vessel, row back, get to the beach and run up and ring the bell,” said Sandy Germain, head organizer of the Oak Bay Tea Party.
The task is made even more difficult (and more hilarious) by the fact that the oars are mismatched, causing competitors to flail, spin and even spill.
If no one boils over, however, they can steep themselves in glory: the captain of the victorious saucer will not only have the gloating, floating authority of the Teacup Race victor, but also receive a notable teacup trophy for all to see.
The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at Willows Beach.
It should also be noted that no tea will be harmed in the process of this race.
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