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Portrush Raft Race Cancelled

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Raft Race 2020
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One of the Borough’s wackiest fundraising events has been axed as a result of the Corvid-19 crisis.

In a statement the organisers behind the event said : “We’d hoped to reschedule the event for immediately after the summer but we have to be realistic and instead we’re putting all our efforts into making Raft Race 2021 a wonderful weekend for all the family with this year’s woes a distant memory.”

The first Portrush Raft Race took place in 1982. It was the result of a friendship that existed between two Johns. John Scott worked for Portrush Lifeboat while his friend John McNally co-owned the Harbour Bar.

In 1981 RNLI Lifeboat magazine featured a raft race successfully run by Oban’s station to raise funds. The two Johns read the article and agreed with one another that Portrush’s West Bay would make the ideal setting for a similar event locally. Regulars of the bar volunteered to offer their support, and so the first Raft Race committee was born.

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