Raft Race raises €1,000 for Skerries RNLI

Rush Sailing Club Winners of Skerries RNLI raft race 2014

Rush Sailing Club, Overall winners, Raft race 2014

The annual raft race, which took place last Saturday (13 September) raised €1,000 euro for Skerries RNLI.

All manner of Rafts line up on the beach ready to take to sea to support their local lifeboat station. Once again blessed with a warm sunny day, there was a great crowd of supporters on the day. The team from Rush Sailing Club crossed the line first to retain their title. Leaky Barrel finished in second place and Naomh Maur took third spot. A special prize was awarded to the girls on the Roktopus for capturing the spirit of the raft race.

While the intrepid rafters were paddling their little hearts out, the lifeboat was tasked by Dublin Coast Guard to investigate a floating object spotted by a local yachtsman. There was concern that the object may have been the upturned hull of a small boat.
The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated and began a search of the area. They quickly located an object floating in the water, which turned out to be an old fridge. Contact was made with the yacht to confirm that this was the object that had been spotted. The fridge was taken on board the lifeboat to avoid any further hazard to boats in the area and the volunteer crew returned in time to watch the last few rafts make their way to shore.

At the presentation of the prizes Skerries RNLI thanked the volunteer fundraisers for all their hard work, Skerries Sailing Club, for providing the safety craft, Fingal County Council, the Competitors and everyone who helped make the raft race another successful event.

Speaking after the prize giving, Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘It’s great to see the effort that people are willing to put in to support their local lifeboat. Some of the rafts were outstanding and we are already looking forward to next year’.


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