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River Dart Raft Race

October 21, 2012

The River Dart raft race – or struggle as it was called – used to be an annual event which in its heyday attracted thousands of people from all over the land eager to take part in a gruelling river marathon of about six miles, some sailing craft made only out of rubber and string. It was a great thing to watch, especially if you knew someone who was taking part, and it used to raise a considerable amount of money for charity.

This year the raft race was back after a nine year absence. There was some advance publicity a couple of months go, but we almost missed it as the go see the raft race next week publicity was completely absent (where is the Totnes Times when you need it?). Nevertheless, we did get to see some of the race and we watched the last raft go over the weir. The crew looked a bit cold and tired, but rallied as they were cheered by people watching. I don’t know if they were aware that successfully negotiating the weir isn’t necessarily the last obstacle; after the weir the river’s tidal.

Thankfully, the River Rat came to the rescue and towed them.

I hope they all made lots of money for charity and I hope they run the raft race again next year- Arlo fancies having a go…

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