In which we discuss and watch the Monmouth Raft Race
The 2015 Monmouth Raft Race down the River Wye between Monmouth and Whitebrook is a charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth.
On this, the 51st year of the race, the proceeds were in aid of St. Davids Hospice Care, a charity that provides at home end of life care for the terminally ill.
The 6.5 mile race saw a plethora of fabulously creative rafts.
On the first Sunday of September the Wye Valley is treated to the spectacle of the highly popular, and entertaining, Monmouth Raft Race.
People turn out in their droves to celebrate the big day and to cheer on their friends and families.
Competitors have spent months building and designing their rafts, and this one day will determine if their hard work will pay off, and if their raft will float.
This six and a half mile race is all about raising money for charity.
This year most of the proceeds are going to, St David’s hospice, a volunteer-run charity that provides end-of-life care at home.
Those participating range from people who love the challenge of building a raft, and having fun on the river, to those who are saying thank you to the charities that have helped their friends and families.
The Monmouth Raft Race brings together people from all walks of life for a fun-filled watery day out.
Each raft is timed with prizes given at the end ranging from fastest time to best dressed.
Some of the rafts and costumes are truly spectacular.
People line the route to support their friends, and watch the entertainment.
It can be especially amusing at the beginning, whilst people are figuring out how well their rafts steer, and if they will hold together.
The race can take several hours.
Those that are prepared with food and drink often compromise their speed for comfort.
Don’t watch where you’re going and things start to get a bit hairy.
You can easily get beached on unseen rocks, or lose bits of your raft.
But don’t worry, if anyone gets into any difficulties kayakers are about to lend a helping hand to those in trouble.
When you’ve overcome all the trials and tribulations, and made it to the finish line, with or without your raft, friends and family wait to greet you.
But it’s not just a day for those participating in the race.
Fun can be had by all, with live music, games,food and drink.
This means that once you’ve completed your race, you can have fun and relax until the prize-giving ceremony, making this social and charitable event one of the many highlights in the Wye Valley’s calendar.
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