Great River Race 2014 at Lake Meadows park

Home-made boats set sail at Lake Meadows on Easter Monday as families joined the floating fun.

The Great Lake Race, organised by the Friends of Lake Meadows, invited the public to enter their creations and set sail on the lake at the park in Radford Way.

Entrants used a variety of scrap materials to create their boats, but were not allowed to use kits and only wind power was permitted.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Friends chairman Jonny Garlick to the Brentwood Gazette"]It was an amazing turn out for our second annual Great Lake Race. Everyone has worked so hard building their boats and there have been some fantastic entries this year."[/quote]

About 50 boats were launched on the lake from a rowing boat in a colourful armada, slowly pushed across by a light breeze. The winning boat was entered by Esme Nutt and the Vaufrounard family boat came second.

In joint third place were David Holbrook, Jessica Dillon and Archie Breach.

The prize for the best-designed boat went to Richard Green, followed closely by Harrison and Ava Harlow and Jessica Smith.

The race was originally due to be held on New Year's Day but it was cancelled due to poor weather.

Organisers were thankful for good conditions this time round and the breezes helped propel the boats across the lake.

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Image and content sourced from: Brentwood Gazette

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