Paddlers get creative for Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny in Port Hope, Ont.
PORT HOPE, Ont. - Spray foam, chicken wire and pool noodles made up the Crazy Craft of Chris Jones and Dylan Hurleurt from Port Hope.
Saturday was once again time for the annual Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race in Port Hope, Ont.
It was a record turnout of Crazy Craft with 66 participating starting at Sylvan Glen Conservation Area before heading down the mighty Ganaraska River, portaging around Corbett's dam and back in the river to navigate the always fun - and this year - fast rapids before reaching the finish line.
Organizers say there were approximately 10,000 people lining the banks of the river.
The event commemorates the flood of 1980 that devastated the town.
Since then, “fannys” have been floating down the river every year. With the heavy rains, this year's race was close to being cancelled but organizers said it was a go, and on Saturday morning, canoes, kayaks and a record number of crazy craft hit the frigid waters to start their journey down the river.
Participants came from as far as Guelph and Barrie to take on the might Ganaraska River.
Some got into trouble near the finish line and had to be helped from the waters.
It’s reported that three were transported to hospital, and a number were treated on site for signs of hypothermia.
The theme this year was celebrating Canada's 150th birthday.