Sailing boats have been racing along the River Nith to the heart of Dumfries today, to highlight the important role the river once played for the town. Organisers hope that the Nithraid will show how the town was once a leading trade centre. Watch Jenny Longden's report:
Organisers of the Nithraid boat race say the once illustrious river must be championed again.
Organisers of the inaugural "Nithraid" boat race in Dumfries and Galloway have created a statue of a cow, made out of salt, for the finish line of the race.
Fourteen sail boats negotiate the 10-mile route between Carsethorn and Whitesands by any means possible, but without engines. When they arrive at Whitesands, the salt cow will be lowered into the River Nith.
The event has been organised as part of the Environmental Art Festival Scotland, by The Stove artists' collective.
The cow represents the trading goods that would have once been brought in and out of the area.