This years raft race 28th August 2022

Great Waterside Raft Race 2022

This year we have decided to create a new Kayak race to add more excitement to the day. The old favourites of Decorated Raft, Ladies Raft, Formula 1, Pub Race and the final Handicap race with of all rafts competing with handicaps for the faster rafts to give everyone a chance. The usual stalls will be there BBQ, Ice Cream, Raffle etc. This years top raffle prize will be a hand painted portrait by a local artist.

Also the HYTHE POPPY LADIES will be providing a lovely display of their art on the railings of Prospect Place Park also in aid of the RNLI from Wednesday 24th to Wednesday 31st August.

Last Years Raft Race 2021

RNLI Press Officer, Dan Poole, said,

“Given the past 18 months or so, we were absolutely delighted with the turnout. We were not sure how it would compare to previous years, but it has gone very well. There was a great atmosphere and I think people were just glad to get out again and enjoy themselves. Each year, our small team of volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the event goes to plan, so I am pleased it has paid off.”

Also at the raft race was a Cole’s Fairground, BBQ and refreshments, Souvenirs, our Main Sponsor, TMT Legal Services had a stall and RNLI Mascot Stormy Stan. Before the presentation of the trophies and medals by TV presenter and historian, Dan Snow, the raffle was drawn, where several excellent prizes were won. Proceedings were once again superbly covered by John McGuinn. The water safety of the Rafters being provided by Sue Kilford and her friends, plus Ryan for providing the safety boats. Many thanks to them both

Since it began in the 1980s, the race is organised by RNLI Hythe and Calshot Fundraising Branch. This year it has raised just over £5,500 so far, before any further sponsorship is received from the raft teams. The Branch would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors, volunteers, and competitors for all their hard work and kind support, not forgetting the many spectators for their continued generosity.

Please see the Entry Form page for this years entry form