George Raft race seeking participants

Published on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Organizers for this year’s Drayton Harbor Days festival want participants for the prestigious George Raft Race to start building their rafts now in time for race day on August 6.

The 11th annual George Raft Race is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, August 6,  and is modeled in part on the Devonshire River Lyn annual raft race that has taken place in England since the Middle Ages. The race is part of Blaine’s Drayton Harbor Days, which are scheduled for Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7.

Anyone with an inkling toward the nautical can build their own raft from only recycled materials and race from the Blaine Marina’s boat launch to Gate 2 in front of the Blaine Boating Center.

Used sailboards are not permitted in the race, but Drayton Harbor Maritime has a limited supply of jetsom and floatsom for those individuals who don’t have their own materials. The rafts can be built to hold a total of four people and one dog.
“The spirit of the raft race is to have fun and be creative,” race organizer Richard Sturgill said.

Sturgill said U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary volunteers will provide safety patrols during the race, however, participants are advised to wear their own personal flotation devices for safety.

For more information, call the Blaine Visitor Center at 360/332-4544 or visit www.blainechamber.com.