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Portrush Raft Race takes place annually as part of a jam-packed bank holiday weekend of harbour-side family mayhem and fun. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a full programme of events running all weekend (May 25 & 26).  The raft race itself takes place on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm.

It’s free to come and join in the festivities all weekend.  If you want to enter a raft we ask that your team raises a minimum of £120.

Use the form below to request an Information Pack or email [email protected]

We ask that each raft raises a minimum of £120 each to be eligible.

You can enter right up until 2pm on the day of the race.  Demand is expected to be high, so we do advise you get in quick rather than leave it to the last minute!

Yes, we have some of previous years’ rafts available to hire for a suggested donation of £50.00 (per raft) to RNLI.  Contact Pat on [email protected] or 07546 941 721

Rafters must be 18 and over.

No problem.  We have a brilliant junior raft race that runs in the morning for those aged 6-15.  Turn up at the pontoon and register on the day from 10.00am.

Turn up and register at the pontoon on the day from 10.00am.  Entry fee is £2 per child, two children per raft, with the race taking place in heats.

The course

  • Each team must paddle their raft from the pontoon around a buoy in the harbour.
  • There will be a handicap scoring system in place to ensure a fair competition for all ages.
  • Each child will receive a goody bag.
  • The Robert Lynn shield will be presented to the winning team at the prize-giving immediately after the race.

Safety Information

  • All rafts, paddles and life jackets will be supplied.
  • The RNLI inshore lifeboat and Causeway Coast Kayak Association will be on hand to ensure safety.
  • It is advisable to wear a wet-suit but it is not essential.  Please wear suitable footwear e.g. old trainers, booties etc.
  • It is advisable that all participants can swim and are comfortable being in the sea.

Bring a friend, come and join the fun!


Bank holiday weekend of family fun. All funds raised go to Portrush RNLI. 🎉


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