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One of the most popular family fun days on the North Coast.  Large crowds of spectators gather to watch as the ‘home-made’ rafts race from the West Strand beach to the finishing line in the harbour. 

PORTRUSH Raft Race Programme

Saturday, 25 May 2019


10.00am Raft Race Registration opens on Kerr Street Green  

10.30am Junior Raft Race at the Harbour Pontoon - registration opens at 10.00am

10.30am – 5.00pm Speciality Fair including Arts and Crafts opposite the Lifeboat Station

11.00am - 5.00pm Kids play zone on Kerr Street Green with Cromore Castles

12 noon – 5.00pm Kids Outdoor Disco with Alan Logan at the Amphitheatre

Kelly Neill Dance Company at the Amphitheatre

Fun with Drums Workshop with James Hamilton at the Amphitheatre

12 noon – 2.00pm   Tour of ‘William Gordon Burr’ lifeboat at the Quayside

12.30pm – 2.00pm    RNLI ‘Rookie’ Lifeguard Challenge at West Strand.

Aimed at kids aged 10-15 years old having a go at some basic lifeguarding skills.

12.00pm – 2.45pm  Music by Andy Rogers, ‘Ukes at the Port’ and Renegade Kings beside the Lifeboat Station  

1.00pm – 5.00pm Children’s Entertainment: Face-painters, Balloon Modellers

2.15pm - 2.45pm Rescue Display by the Portrush Lifeboats and Lifeguard Team Commentary by Mark Mitchell (2nd Coxswain)

2.45pm – 3.00pm Framed ‘Selfies’ with Stormy Stan at the Amphitheatre

3.00pm Tug of War between the Raft Race Teams on the Beach  

3.10pm Wild Geese Sky Dive Team (weather permitting) arriving on West Strand

3.25pm Safety Announcement by RNLI Life Guard

3.30pm Start of Raft Race – West Strand

4.00pm – 5.00pm  Kids Entertainment continues at the Amphitheatre

4.15pm Prize-giving at ‘the wee beach’

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

10.00 – 11.00am Join in the Yoga Taster Sessions with Bronagh on the West Strand

10.00 – 12noon Beach Volleyball on West Strand. Taster sessions for children    

10.30 – 5.00pm Speciality Fair including Arts and Crafts opposite the Lifeboat Station

11.00am Kids play zone on Kerr Street Green with Cromore Castles  

11.00am ‘Welly Wang’ on West Strand  

11.15 – 11.45am Zumba with Julie on Kerr Street Green

12.00am Babushka’s Big Dip   

Are you willing to brave the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the RNLI? Participants should meet on the West Strand in front of Babushka for the 12noon start to dip, swim or bathe. Wetsuits are, of course, optional. Babushka will supply the brave dippers with warm drinks and tasty treats.

12noon – 1.00pm   Paddle Board Challenge at West Bay

Come and support the race challengers from 12noon onwards.  Watch the mayhem unfold with a series of short races and fun paddle board challenges taking place around the bay. This promises to offer good fun and enjoyment to both spectators and participants. It will also showcase the growing sport of paddle boarding in the local area.

12noon – 2.00pm  Tour of ‘William Gordon Burr’ lifeboat at the Quayside  

1.00pm – 5.00pm  Showcase of Classic VW Campers and Beetles – Kerr Street Green  

Showcase of Boats – beside the Lifeboat Station

2.00pm Yacht Club Raft Race Swim   

The Portrush Yacht Club Raft Race Swim sponsored by AutoZone shall be approximately 1km in length in the West Bay, and should be a formidable swim due to the seasonal low sea temperature and the challenge of deep water swimming. The swim shall be open to both wetsuit and ‘skins’ swimmers who compete wearing lycra swimming costumes only. The swim will start from the south harbour wall.  



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