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Totnes Raft Race and Fair Sunday October 6th 2019

October 2019 sees the return of the Totnes Raft Race, organised by the rotary club of Totnes.  The event raises over £10,000 for local and international charities with over 50 rafts and 300 paddlers taking part in 2017.

The race which attracts entries from near and far requires the paddlers to negotiate several weirs and rapids….often having to leave their craft and manhandle it over rocks and obstacles. Many of the crews dress up for the occasion and there are prizes in each of the 2,4,6,8 and 10 person categories. Prizes are also awarded in each of those classes for fastest all-male and all-female crews.

Crews pay an entry fee per person from which proceeds go to the Rotary charities.  Crews can also nominate their own charity and raise sponsorship directly for that charity. Trophies are awarded for the crew which raises most for their own charity and for the crew which raises most for Totnes Rotary charities.

Most teams are made up of people from companies and businesses who see this as a first-class team-building event, but several come from pubs and clubs, colleges and universities down to friends – in 2017 the winning fastest raft was a father and daughter combination!

Crews from 2 to 10 per raft can take part aboard homemade craft constructed of materials that will not harm the environment eg rubber and plastics that will not disintegrate. All crafts ( or bits of crafts) are recovered and disposed of by the crews.

The Finish Line Fair on Vire Island, Totnes, starting at 11 o’clock, will be the perfect spot to watch rafts on the last stretch of their journey towards the Finish Line. There will be fun and games for all the family, delicious refreshments, lunches and teas, an information centre providing up-to-date progress on each raft and live music from the Totnes Jazz Band.

This year Totnes Rotary are supporting many local and international charities.

Full details and application forms can be found at

Queries to Race Director:  [email protected]

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