This will be the Great Waterside Raft Race's 32nd year and is run to raise money for the RNLI. In 2017 it raised just under £8,000. It is one of the few raft races that are held on the sea, which adds an element of excitement not found on river races. The course is set out between Hythe Marina and Hythe Pier and is always held between the 2 high tides unique to the Solent area.
There will probably be 6 races, starting with the Decorated Rafts Next the Formula 1 Race, a longer course just for fast racing rafts. This is followed by the popular Ladies Race. then the hotly contested Pub Race, with other teams trying to take the ‘Handpump’ trophy away from Ebeneezer’s who have won this trophy from its introduction. Fifth is the Junior Race for 17′s and under. In 2017 this was well attended with over 40 children enjoying paddling a raft.
The final exciting race of the day is the big event, the Handicap Race, a race for all rafts, which has a staggered start so any raft could win.
Both ribs from the local Calshot Station should also be on hand to provide further assistance unless they are called away to a ‘shout’
Medals and trophies are presented to the race winners, plus trophies for ‘Best Presented,’ and ‘Most Ingenious’ rafts, plus ‘Best Overall Effort’. Please see the results page for the list of last years winners
The day is aimed at being a fun day out, to be enjoyed by spectators as well as participants. There are side stalls and fun fair, drinks and BBQ provided so contestants and visitors can enjoy some refreshments before and during the races.
The Entry Forms etc. for anyone wishing to enter a raft, plus rules for construction and teams, safety forms, poster, team sign-up sheets and most important – the sponsorship form can be downloaded from the Entry Forms menu at the website below.
Don’t forget, this event is to raise money for the RNLI, every bit of sponsorship helps.