Raft race teams make a splash

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IT was a test of seaworthiness, paddling and splashing skills and who wanted to win it the most.

Cheered to the finish line by hundreds of spectators, it was the Hayling Legends who emerged victorious in the annual Langstone raft race.

The Hayling Legends ....home and almost dry well ahead of the fleet ! 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-9124)

The Hayling Legends ....home and almost dry well ahead of the fleet ! Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-9124)

Fine weather ensured a fun morning for all as people lined the banks of Chichester Harbour next to The Ship Inn to watch the spectacle.

Seven teams took part in the race this year, with the RNLI coming in second place and HS Aviation – which won the most elegant raft prize for its helicopter-inspired raft – coming in a close third.

Ironically, the raft that capsized and never made it was from the Royal Navy team, who built the makeshift raft at short notice.

John Bennett, 69, organiser of Hayling Legends Classic Car Club, said: ‘It was thoroughly enjoyable. We came second last year and won it this year, so it’s an improvement.’

RAFT RACE LANGSTONE              (JT)         MRW   13/7/2014

The annual Langstone Raft Race held at The Ship Inn on Saturday was an outstanding success...and lots and lots of fun ! 

These 'raft' made very little progress !!! 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-0767) PPP-140713-124531003

RAFT RACE LANGSTONE (JT) MRW 13/7/2014 The annual Langstone Raft Race held at The Ship Inn on Saturday was an outstanding success...and lots and lots of fun ! These 'raft' made very little progress !!! Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-0767) PPP-140713-124531003

The event hopes to raise around £1,000 for the RNLI.

Daniel Bowden, 42, landlord of The Ship Inn, who dressed as a sailor man, said: ‘The RNLI is very important to the local community and is always well-supported.’

Spectator Marita Standen, 53, of Warblington, said: ‘It’s been good fun – a bit of laughter, the stupid costumes and the boat that always sinks at the beginning!’

The winning paddlers were Mr Bennett, Noami Bennett, Des Procter, Jack O’Connor, Saif Hijjawi and Karl Bonney.

RAFT RACE LANGSTONE              (JT)         MRW   13/7/2014

The annual Langstone Raft Race held at The Ship Inn on Saturday was an outstanding success...and lots and lots of fun ! 

The RNLI 'Orange 'Lil' crew paddled hard.....and then walked through the surf to take second place 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-0791) PPP-140713-124507003

RAFT RACE LANGSTONE (JT) MRW 13/7/2014 The annual Langstone Raft Race held at The Ship Inn on Saturday was an outstanding success...and lots and lots of fun ! The RNLI 'Orange 'Lil' crew paddled hard.....and then walked through the surf to take second place Picture: Malcolm Wells (142045-0791) PPP-140713-124507003

 

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