Viking Longboat World Championship registration opens

Viking longboat Each longboat weighs around 2.5 tonnes

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More than 70 teams are expected to sign up for the 49th Viking Longboat World Championship next month.

The competition has classes for all-male, all-female and mixed teams who take part in a time trial-style race in Peel.

Organiser James Lee said: "It's a tough challenge but it's also a lot of fun to row these amazing longboats."

Each of the four longboats is made from fibreglass and requires a team of ten people to row during the races.

Teams must complete two practice runs prior to the event to get used to using the 11ft oars.

Earlier this month, a Manx Viking longship, the Vital Spark, represented the Isle of Man in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.

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