Portrush Raft Race Weekend

Ramore Restaurants present a fun-filled programme of all-ages activities around the annual competition on the beautiful north coast

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Saturday, 28 May 2016



Portrush Raft Race will take place on Saturday, May 28 at the Harbour in Portrush as part of a jam-packed bank holiday weekend of harbour-side family mayhem and fun. Newly sponsored in 2016 by their neighbours, Ramore Restaurants, the team are busy finalizing the programme of events for the weekend.

Chair of the Raft Race committee, Richard Connor, said, 'We are really encouraged by the number of entries we have had so far, and knowing how many entries come in right until the afternoon itself, I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of healthy friendly competition on the day'.

The dedicated volunteers of Portrush Raft Race Committee have lined up a whole range of events for all ages throughout the bank holiday weekend. The full programme will be launched in early May, but the line-up includes The Wild Geese Skydiving Team landing on the beach, live music throughout the day, on-board tours of historic lifeboats, a rookie life-guard challenge for kids aged 10-15 and much more.

Sponsors of weekend’s events, Ramore Restaurants, are launching their inaugural Portrush Daft Race on the Sunday afternoon. Alan Simpson, the now familiar Raft Race commentator enthused: 'it’s not so much a race, more a silliness session. Turn up and join in. Mums, dads and kids of all ages can win prizes for effort as well as daftness. Expect fun, food and friendship with an extra-large portion of Portmagic'.

As well as being enormous fun on the beautiful north coast, it’s an important annual event for the RNLI and the town of Portrush. All the funds raised by Portrush Raft Race go directly to the local branch. In 2015 274 brave souls, a mix friends, families and corporate teams, competing on over 50 rafts raising money for the local RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Richard Connor added, 'each rescue launch of our lifeboat costs £6,000, entirely funded by donations, this brilliant family weekend makes it possible to provide the entire north coast with a year-round invaluable rescue service'.

If you’re thinking of entering, but don’t have the skills to build your own raft there are some available for hire in return for a small donation to RNLI.

Entries are now open to teams and application forms can be obtained from portrushraftrace@gmail.com. Entries stay open until 2pm on race day. Full entry guidelines are available at www.portrushraftrace.co.uk.