Anything that Floats

Will it float or will it sink? THAT is the question!

One of the much loved events of the Sedgefield Slow Festivals in years gone by was the Anything That Floats competition, and the good news that it is back on this year’s program too! For those of you not in the know, this event is all about… well… not sinking. Or at least sinking with dignity. A sort of a boat race without…. Boats.

Here’s how it works. On the day of the event (28 March – mark your waterproof diaries), each entered team (two or more people – the more the merrier) has to bring materials to build their own craft on site. These… er… crafts (that IS a very loose description) can be made of ANYTHING (that floats) except real boat parts, (surf boards, paddleskis etc are also no-nos). Once the craft is built/assembled/tied together with string/selotaped/glued, it is presented by the team to a select panel of (non)experts who judge according to the originality of the design, the charisma of the team (a song or war cry is a good idea, but not compulsory) . Then, after being launched onto the lagoon waters just off Fish Eagle Green (this is the point where there is more than the occasional sinking feeling), the craftily crafted crafts are put to the test against one another in an exciting series of heats (or colds – it is late March after all).

There will be different racing categories – but these are decided on the day – dependent on entries. In their grim determination to win this event oars down,(it was a close tie last year) The EDGE Community Newspaper has taken over sponsorship and management of the Anything That Floats, this after previous sponsors Sedgefield Pharmacy and CIPLA refused outright to accept bribes from SS EDGE boat captain.

If any business, club, family or group of friends, group of enemies, wishes to bravely accept this challenge and enter a craft (you do realise that you will never EVER beat the SS EDGE…. Just saying) then you should email Admiral Bomber Webb on Entry fee is R250 per team. There will be prizes, and there’s a (wait for it) Floating Trophy up for grabs too. All monies made go to a local charity (no Aunt Charity, that does not mean you!)

Event details


  • Fish Eagle Green (on the Island)

Date & time

  • Sat 28th March
  • 08h00 - 13h00


  • R 250 per team

Entry process

  • Entry forms available at
  • The EDGE Newspaper offices

Contact Person