The famous Tunnock’s Teacake Eating Contest, run for the first time at West Highland Yachting Week 2011, was entered with great gusto by the fourteen contestants at MacGochans, Tobermory on Wednesday of the regatta.
Run by Ron Cowan, who also oversees the contest for the Mull Rally, the rules are that each contestant has to eat as many teacakes as they can within four minutes, followed by drinking a can of Irn Bru within the next minute.
It was an event that made for interesting viewing as each competitor devoured their personal mountain of teacakes provided by the ‘unwrapping’ assistant. And, however delicious teacakes are, there were more than a few pained expressions towards the end, particularly after consuming the fizzy ‘bru….!
Winning by the proverbial whisker of a ‘teacake’ was ‘Shrekage’ from Matata living up to his namesake and consuming 19 teacakes in total as well as the can of ‘bru within the allotted time.
Runner-up was Findlay Clark of Kilmelford from the Club 19 Red October who sails the smallest boat in the WHYW fleet with 18 teacakes. In third place was Ian Hurrell, commodore of Helensburgh Sailing Club with 14.
The winner received a Tunnock’s polo shirt and cap with the runners up also receiving the prized Tunnock’s skip cap.
Ron said: ’This was a great feature of the week with some worthy contestants entering the fray and the atmosphere was fantastic. Thanks go to MacGochans for supplying the Irn Bru and of course Tunnock’s for the teacakes!’