Dunking Our Junk at the Waterfront Festival

Simon Read
By Simon ReadUX Designer
5 minutes to read

Now in its ninth year, the Leeds Waterfront Festival celebrates the wide variety of attractions and heritage alongside the city’s canal and waterfronts.

As part of the weekend-long event, the Junk Boat Challenge tasks teams with building a small boat out of freely-available junk materials and then sailing it along the canal. Team ED took up the challenge - here’s how we got on.

Junk in the trunk

Using junk supplied by Leeds City Council’s Kirkstall recycling site, who also entered their own team, we split into groups and set about building two boats - one an old bath attached to a door and as many empty plastic containers as we could find, another made from several large barrels and wooden planks tied together with copious amounts of rope and zip-ties.

Posh pirates

Plush leather seats were added to our boat to ensure a comfortable first-class journey, along with a pirate flag to make sure we didn’t run into any trouble along the way. Shower caps weren’t mandatory but were highly encouraged.

Floating our boat

After just 7 hours of build time, we set sail from our base at Castleton Mills and floated down the 1.3km to Granary Wharf, navigating locks and lily pads along the way and arriving to big crowds.

A big thanks to Leeds Waterfront Festival and both Chris Harman and Ed Carlisle for their organisation, support, photography and boat-building expertise throughout the weekend.

We're already planning our entry for next year!

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Articles by Simon Read

Designer at Enjoy Digital. Interested in web and user interface design, and graphic design both online & offline.