Mayor Nils Jensen will be facing challenger(s) each year in the Floating Tea Cup Race. Made of fibre glass and powered by mis-matched oars, it's a race of skill and daring. Pull too hard on the oars and your saucer may dip into the water and you're sunk! Not to fear, the Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society rescue boat is close by.
Past challengers have included: former Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe, Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard, former Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson, publican Matt McNeill, Olympic rower Silken Laumann, MLA Ida Chong, David Hahn, former President of B.C. Ferries, the Q's Ed Bain, NHL hockey star Geoff Courtnall, actor and author Meg Tilly, former Oak Bay Mayor Christopher Causton, MP Murray Rankin, Police Chief Frank Elsner of Victoria, Police Chief Bob Downie of Saanich and Deputy Police Chief Kent Thom of Oak Bay, 2010 Firefighter Calendar "Mr. May", Duane Adsett, Band Directors: Jeff Weaver from Oak Bay High, Jamie Davis from Spectrum Community School, and Dave Flello from Reynolds Secondary School.
The 2017 challengers are TBA.
The race takes place Sunday, June 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Willows Beach. See you there!