Porthleven’s Pram and Raft Race makes a big splash

Porthleven’s now combined Pram and Raft Race (now called the Ram Race) took place on Sunday in rather pleasant October weather conditions. This year’s theme was Port-Heaven.

The route for this race is from Out of the Blue, and a dash to the harbour and down the slipway into the water. A mad paddle – some more successful than others – out past the gap. Then returning up the slipway and a last dash to the Ship Inn. It is purely coincidental that this race starts and finishes at licensed premises….

Whilst this event is a lot of fun, it is also used to raise a little bit of money for local organisations. This year over £230 was raised. Thanks must go to Suzie Williams of Four Crows who organises this event, all the race marshals (Karen Richards, Sibby Barnes, Julia Scofield and Abbey Hines) and Jeremy Richards who used his fishing boat as water safety. And of course all those who took part in the event.

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Porthleven’s ‘Jurassic-Port’ pram and raft race makes a splash

This year’s raft and pram race were combined into one ‘monster’ event. The theme: Jurassic-Port. This event is held for two reasons. The first, for fun. The second to raise a little bit of money for a worthy cause. This year’s cause was the Porthleven Skate Park project.

Update: this event raised £470 for the skate park project! An amazing figure.

Like previous years, the turn out was great and there was almost as many dinosaurs as you would see in the film Jurassic Park.

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The route for the race was from Out of the Blue, along the bottoms and down the slip into the harbour. The competitors then had to paddle out of the inner-harbour and back to the slip. From the slip is was a dash to the Ship Inn.

This race was watched by a couple hundred  people who cheered on everyone, even the ones whose pram turned out not to be a very good raft.

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Thanks should go to Suzie Williams who as ever was the organiser and ‘race’ official, the marshals, those who took part and everyone who cheered.

finally, no dinosaur was hurt during the event….

The 2013 Porthleven Raft Race

Sunday saw the annual Porthleven Raft Race take place after a two week delay due to poor weather. As ever, the turnout for the race was brilliant with some really creative rafts taking to the water. I was part of the Porthleven Community Group raft and probably like other participants, the first ten minutes afloat was critical as only then will you know if your raft is ‘seaworthy.’ I am pleased to say no raft sunk during the race.

Well done to all who took part in the race and those who helped construct the crafts.

Here is a selection of pictures from the event:


An interesting bunch of gentlemen…



Is this the latest SBS terror squad?




May the Force be with you



The starting line



Porthleven Raft Race Takes to the Water

The annual Porthleven Raft Race took place today.  As always, it is a lively affair with many people taking part, and ending up very wet. It was good to see so many entries with some looking like like they were well thought-out and others who baffled science by not sinking.

Pictures tell a better story than I can, so here is a selection of the ones I took.