Rais­ing the rafters as crews splash for cash

AU­TO­GLASS SAILORS ARE CLEAR WIN­NERS AS OBAN RAFT RACE MAKES WAVES TO ADD £2000 TO LIONS’ CLUB CHAR­ITY TREA­SURE CHEST

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID McPHEE editor@oban­times.co.uk

A DOZEN rafts took to the lessthan-warm-wa­ters of Oban Bay on Satur­day nav­i­gated by some colour­ful crews.

The ves­sels were mak­ing waves as part of the an­nual Oban Bay raft race and Oban and Lorn Lions Club, which or­gan­ised the event, raised £2,000 on the day for char­ity.

This year’s race had an in­ter­na­tional theme with one team en­ter­ing a raft that peo­ple from eleven dif­fer­ent coun­tries had helped to build.

Four of the helpers nav­i­gated the raft, with two of them be­ing from Swe­den and the other two from France and Ire­land.

The raft, which was spon­sored by Back­pack­ers Plus in Oban, won tro­phies for amaz­ing per­for­mance and in­ter­na­tional fam­ily.

Hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors lined up across the bay to cheer on par­tic­i­pants.

The win­ners were Thun­der- birds One, spon­sored by Au­to­glass, the same crew and spon­sor that won it last year.

Ian Hall, a crew mem­ber of Thun­der­birds One, said: ‘The team put in a fan­tas­tic ef­fort.

‘The day it­self is su­perb for the town and the real win­ners are the char­i­ties that ben­e­fit from the money raised.’ In sec­ond place was Mora Less spon­sored by RNLI Oban lifeboat sta­tion and in third place was Davy Wren and his crew of two spon­sored by Davy Wren Autos.

All 12 en­tries re­ceived at least one tro­phy, with Thun­der­birds One soak­ing up an ad­di­tional four, with tro­phies for best dressed crew, best crew ef­fort, best spon­sored raft and best con­structed raft.

North Ar­gyll Young Car­ers picked up the best ju­nior raft and Bor­der Hopper spon­sored by Forbes Boat Ser­vice won best dressed raft.

Bill Coutts, pres­i­dent of Oban and Lorn Lions Club, said: ‘The rafts were ex­cel­lent. Peo­ple re­ally put their hearts and souls in to them.’

And event spon­sor, John Stewart of Ge­orge Street Fish and Chip Shop was de­lighted with how the day went and stated: ‘These com­mu­nity events are won­der­ful for the town.’

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PRIZE GUYS: the win­ning Au­to­glass Thun­der­birds with their tro­phies are joined by mem­bers of Oban and Lorn Lions club, Brian Sim­monds (far left) and Bill Couts (far right), along­side event spon­sor, John Stewart of Ge­orge Street Fish and Chip Shop (cen­tre)

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NO FLAG­GING SPIR­ITS: North Ar­gyll Young Car­ers

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL WA­TERS: two Swedes, a French­man and an

Ir­ish­man make up the crew

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MOR­EISH: less is more or is it the other way around?

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MEX­I­CAN WAVES: the colour­ful crew of the Sea Esta

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SOS: the Oban lifeboat raft in ac­tion

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COOL­ING OFF PE­RIOD: the Thun­der­birds celebrate their raft race vic­tory in style

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