Countdown starts for Oban Charity Raft Race

The winning team from last year's race.

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With West Highland Yachting Week finishing this weekend, people can now start to focus on this year’s ‘proper’ racing.

Yes, you’ve got it, the Great Oban Raft Race takes place next Saturday, August 11.

And entrants will no doubt be lovingly crafting their vessels in preparation for the big day.

The annual fundraiser, organised by Oban and Lorn Lions Club, is one of the highlights in the town’s calendar, with all proceeds going towards the Lions’ charity fund.

Entry is £10 per raft and £5 per crew member, with prizes being awarded for best fancy dress of crews and raft, fastest raft, best sinking, worst raft-best laugh, first lady raft, best constructed raft, best junior raft, best armed forces cadets – and anything else they can think of!

Jim Edge of the Lions Club said: ‘All rafts must be homemade and propelled by oar-type paddles and/or homemade sails. And, as this is a raft race, all crews must be on it, not in it – so no canoe-style crafts.’

The race is sponsored by the George Street Fish and Chip Shop.

For more information email bill-coutts@btinternet.com or call 01631 562090.