NOT EVEN torrential rain on Saturday July 25 could keep the Lismore sports and raft race from getting off to a blazing start.
Eight rafts competed at Salen Bay this year and the competition was stiff.
Strap On won the adult’s race, cruising in at first place to beat 13-man behemoth, Rumble.
The Relief of Lismore sailed gracefully into last place, blaming an electrical fault. The prize for the best design went to Little Black Dress and the best named adults raft was Blood, Sweat and Beers.
The children’s race was won by Loch Bent Ramp from the MacDonald clan, which also won best design, and the best named raft was Mr Speedy.
The afternoon heated up as the field and heavy events got under way.
The overall winners of the day in the adult class were Robbie Cook and Leanne Beattie, and proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Robbie’s children Fionn and Katie Cook were the overall winners in their classes, with Calum MacNamara coming in to tie with Katie for points.
The Jubilee Trophy for the most points overall by either the North or South end of the island was won this year by the North.
All of this was just a warm-up for the main event - the North/South tug of war.
Both sides performed like champions, but the winners, once again, were both the men and women from the South, led by Iris MacColl.
The children’s tug of war was won by the North, so the South seniors may have their work cut out for future years.
The committee would like to thank everyone who had a hand in organising a great day.
PRETTY IN PINK: Caitlin MacColl shows off the face painting talents of Marcia McDonald, who raised £53 for sports day
ARM IN ARM: youngsters enjoyed a three-armed race,
instead of a three-legged race