Driffield

Riverhead Raft Race

24 August 2019

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24 Aug 2019 Raft Race

There will be 3 race categories, 2 person, 3 persons and 4 persons. The winner of each race will progress to the next race until there is an outright winner in each race category.

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A joint venture between The Rotary club of Driffield and The Driffield Lions. The aim of the day is for everyone to have a real fun time and to raise funds for local charities

Race Details
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Driffield Navigation

This event could not take place without the consent of Driffield Navigation Commissioners who are responsible for the restoration and upkeep of the Navigation. (It is called a Navigation as the water is flowing all the time)

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Raft Construction

The raft must be made of materials which will not harm the environment or cause a danger to other participants. Plastics which could disintegrate, particularly polystyrene, are prohibited. Any material used must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any risk of water contamination.

Any floatation device used must be cleaned internally and sealed. All rafts will be inspected prior to launch and any which do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified and will not be allowed to enter the water.


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The Race Course

The picture above shows the course for the raft race. Starting at the slipway next to the old Mortimers warehouse and finishing at the town lock gates pictured in the distance.

A total run of 600 metres. All crews enter at their own risk and are recommended to take out their own insurance to cover for any injury, loss of income etc.

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The Driffield Riverhead Raft Race

The next Driffield raft race will be held on 24th August 2019.
A fun day for all the family!
The first race starts at 10am with from the slipway near Mortimer's Building down to the lock gates a distance of some 300m.

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Entry Form

Click on the button below to download a Word copy of the Raft Race Entry form.

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Race Rules

Click on the button below to download a Word copy of the race rules and regulations.

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Information

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Safety

All crews enter at their own risk and are recommended to take out their own insurance.

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Photos from 2018 Race

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The Raft Specification

The raft must be not more than 3metres in length and 1.5 metres wide. It must have no means of propulsion other than paddles or oars. The minimum number of oars is 2 and the maximum is 8. Remember when you are constructing your raft you will have to carry it to launch point and lift it out of the water at the end of the race. All crew members must be on the raft not in the raft.

It must be made of materials which will not harm the environment or cause a danger to other participants. Plastics which could disintegrate, particularly polystyrene, are prohibited. Any material used must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any risk of water contamination. Any floatation device used must be cleaned internally and sealed. All rafts will be inspected prior to launch and any which do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified and will not be allowed to enter the water.

The designated crew Captain will be sent a raft number which must be displayed on each side of the raft. The entry number must be not less than 12 inches high. All crew members will be responsible for the removal of all parts of the raft at the end of the race and for leaving the start and finish area as tidy as possible. In the event your raft has to be abandoned along the course, or brakes up, you will have to ensure removal of all parts as soon as is practical.

RAFT RACE RULES
Raft racing can be great fun but having fun on moving water can result in mishaps so please take care. Marshall and a safety crew will monitor all activities on the water and river banks to ensure your safety and you must do your part by agreeing to bide by the rules.
1. You must be at least 16 years of age.
2. Rafts must be man-powered and have no engine or motor to assist in powering the raft. The raft must not have a rudder.
3. An actual boat or dinghy cannot be entered. The raft must be built rather than purchased.
4. Teams must provide their own life jackets and paddles.
5. The minimum number on a raft is TWO. The maximum number of persons on the raft is SIX.
6. You must not take glass bottles of any kind onto the raft including food or any kind of missile.
7. You must not indulge in behavior likely to endanger yourself and other rafters. The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden.
8. You must follow the instruction given to you by the marshals at the start and safety crew along the canal bank.
9. Crews are responsible for the recovery of their raft if it malfunctions at any point of the race and must take their raft away at the end of the days activities.
10. It is the responsibility of the raft crew captain to ensure that all crew members comply with the race rules and conditions of entry.
11. Blatant disregard of any of these rules could lead to disqualification of the whole team from the race.

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