Whole raft of ways to take part in race

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

AN award-win­ning East Cheshire sail­ing club is rapidly earn­ing it­self an­other ti­tle – UK raft race ex­pert.

Hav­ing or­gan­ised raft races for the last 17 years, the mem­bers of Redesmere Sail­ing Club near Sid­ding­ton cer­tainly know all the tricks of the trade on how to make a good, home-built raft.

Rais­ing money for East Cheshire Hospice, their 18th race on Satur­day, June 11 is no ex­cep­tion and a de­sign hand­out fea­tur­ing both the RedesmereOne De­sign and the Go Faster de­sign has been de­vel­oped to pass on some of the top tips.

“We’ve seen all shapes and sizes of rafts tak­ing part over the years,” said club so­cial com­mit­tee mem­ber, Robert East­cott.

“Apart from a few sim­ple rules to en­sure a mea­sure of par­ity in the per­for­mance of rafts, teams are free to de­sign and build their own rafts and so we’ve had ev­ery­thing from a sub­ma­rine, which did not sink, to a First World War vin­tage plane, which did not fly.” Tak­ing place on the 25-acre Redesmere Lake set in the heart of the Cheshire coun­try­side, the an­nual event is for teams of up to six pad­dlers on home-built rafts all com­pet­ing for the Redesmere Raft Tro­phy and the club is hop­ing for a record turn-out this year of up to 20 teams.

There are prizes for the most in­no­va­tive de­sign, the ‘best-dressed’ team and for the team which puts up the most ‘un­ortho­dox’ per­for­mance – if there’s a suit­able can­di­date.

There is also a prize for the first ju­nior team (all un­der-17).

For teams who do not want to build their own rafts, club mem­bers have put their ex­per­tise to the test and have built a num­ber of ba­sic rafts for use on a shared ba­sis and scratch teams can also be formed on the day for any­one with­out a team or to make up the num­bers in a team.

The club, which was re­cently recog­nised by the Royal Yacht As­so­ci­a­tion as the RYA Club of the Year, has raised al­most £10,000 for East Cheshire Hospice by run­ning the an­nual raft races.

Good­hind, com­mu­nity fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Redesmere Sail­ing Club for their con­tin­u­ous support.

“The money they have raised for East Cheshire Hospice over the years by hold­ing their raft race is just amaz­ing.

“As a lo­cal char­ity, we rely on do­na­tions and fundrais­ing to pay for over 80 per cent of our costs, so all the money the club raises will make a real dif­fer­ence to our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

Other ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the af­ter­noon in­clude stalls, games and raf­fles with hot and cold snacks and lo­cally brewed beers avail­able all af­ter­noon.

Gates open at 12.30pm with heats for the races be­gin­ning at 2.30pm and the fi­nal sched­uled for around 5pm.

Fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing the raft race de­sign pack, are avail­able at RaftRace@redesmere. org.uk.

●● Teams com­pet­ing in the Redesmere an­nual raft race

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