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
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.’
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)
NO FLAGGING SPIRITS: North Argyll Young Carers
INTERNATIONAL WATERS: two Swedes, a Frenchman and an
Irishman make up the crew
MOREISH: less is more or is it the other way around?
MEXICAN WAVES: the colourful crew of the Sea Esta
SOS: the Oban lifeboat raft in action
COOLING OFF PERIOD: the Thunderbirds celebrate their raft race victory in style