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Great Waterside Raft Race
The Great Waterside Raft Race is now in its 24th year and is run to raise money for the RNLI. 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. This year the race was held on 28th August. The course is between Hythe Pier and the Marina.
There are be six races starting with the Ladies Race, next is the popular Decorated Rafts Race, followed by the Formula 1 Race, just for fast racing rafts. Fourth is the Pub Race, a new race just for pubs only to enter. Fifth is the Junior Race for 17's and under. 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.
Rafts can be entered for more than one race using different teams where appropriate. Apart from the races, where there are trophies and medals to be won, there are other trophies for ‘Best Presented’, ‘Most Ingenious’ and ‘Most Pathetic’ rafts, plus ‘Best Overall Effort’. All these trophies are awarded on the day, with the trophy for most sponsorship being presented later in the year at an appropriate venue.
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.
023 8089 1038
VenueCalshot Lifeboat Station
Calshot Spit, Calshot Road, Calshot, Southampton, SO45 1BR
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