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Portrush Raft Race Returns in September to the North Coast

3rd May 2022
The organising committee of the Portrush Raft Race have announced that this year’s event will be held on 3rd and 4th September and not in May as it usually was prior to the Coronavirus pandemic
The organising committee of the Portrush Raft Race have announced that this year’s event will be held on 3rd and 4th September and not in May as it usually was prior to the Coronavirus pandemic

The fundraising Portrush Raft Race is something of an institution in the north coast town of the same name, which is blessed with two stunning beaches and tidily in between, a picturesque harbour where the RNLI Severn Class lifeboat the William Gordon Burr is stationed.

The Raft Race had to be ‘parked’ for three years due to Covid but early this September sees it back in its full glory with all the money raised ring-fenced for use on the town’s Lifeboat. No doubt it will be like the crowd puller of the past.

Portrush Raft RaceA entry in a previous Portrush Raft Race

The Portrush Raft Race started with the dreams of John Scott who was closely connected to the Portrush RNLI station and John McNally who owned the Harbour Bar in Portrush. They were inspired by the raft race held by the Oban Lifeboat Ladies Guild to raise funds for their volunteers.

There are a variety of entry categories with prizes for first over the finishing line for an All-Female crew, Best fancy dress/ theme, Outstanding design, Most original name, Most heroic failure, Farthest travelled team and Most money raised for the RNLI. Entries opened on 1st May for the event on Saturday 3rd September

For details go here

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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