Raft Race 2008 Results

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The weather was there, the crowds were there and the atmosphere was most definitely there! At the ASDA PORTRUSH CHARITY RAFT RACE in aid of the RNLI.

The new Portrush Lifeboat ‘The William Gordon Burr’ was shown off on her first PR exercise with 2nd Deputy Coxswain Des Austin at the helm, whilst the other 2nd deputy Cox Mark Mitchell did the commentary from the South Pier explaining about her history.

The craic amongst the rafters on the beach was great and when the Field Gun went off the race was on! However, nobody was going to beat those boys from the Hawthorne Inn! They were on a roll - all that practising on the River Bann had paid off.

All in all it was a super day.

PositionTeam NameRaft Number
1Hawthorne inn33
2Brian Matchett & Sons Fabrication72
3Portstewart AMS3
4Turd De France51
5Sure and Steadfast39
6White Lightning 138
7Catch Me If You Can79
8C R Morrow.com71
9Wind Power30
10Pulse 225


PositionTeam NameRaft Number
1st OverallHawthorne Inn Portglenone33
Best Dressed TeamThe Black Albatross (NHS Richard Henry Belfast)54
Best Named RaftBoom or Bust (Armstrong & Gordon Estate Agent)4
Most SponsorshipCroaking Crusher (Northstone Quarry)63
Most Heroic FailureMotor Floater9

Junior Raft race

1stJenny Mairs & Sophie McCoy
2nd (JOINT)Erin Smith & Daniel Smith
Simon King & Mathew Bertenshaw

Winner Children’s Fancy Dress

Catherine Minford as Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean (also the best dressed lady on the day!)


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