THE people of south Cumbria have always enjoyed any opportunity they can find to venture out onto the water.

To celebrate the area's love of all things nautical, The Mail has delved into the archive to look back at some of the most popular events, races and competitions that have allowed us to take to the water.

In 2014, the Low Wood No Wood cardboard charity boat race held at the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere. Barrow was well represented by a local team.

The Pom Pius boat members, Gemma Carter, Peter Mills, Danielle Fitzsimons, Phil Marshall and Amy Bates, from St Pius X School in Barrow all managed to hit the five yards in the race, before unfortunately capsizing.

Later that year, Furness Model Boat Club held their annual Regatta at Barrow Park Lake.

The day attracted a large crowd of people who enjoyed the sight of dozens of home-made boats cruising across the water and showing off their speed against one another.

Some of the participants had been turning up with a new or upgraded model boat for several consecutive years.

Members of the Furness Dive club also enjoyed a successful 2014 and received several pieces of new equipment including a powerful new boat.

They had the chance to take their new boat out onto the water at Barrow docks.

In 2016, The Great Derwentwater Tiger Boat Challenge Race took place on the Portinscale Derwentwater Marina. One of the teams was taking part was Cumbria Police’s Barrow boat racing team.

The team were cheered on by co-workers, friends, family, and members of the public.

The calm weather allowed the sailors to put on an exciting show and made the other racers work throughout the friendly contest.