Gigha raft race returns

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Paddlers on home-made rafts will splash across Gigha’s Boathouse bay after a three-year break.

Gigha raft race returns this year, on July 29, organised by the Boathouse bar and restaurant’s new owners, Sharon and James Clark.

Mr and Mrs Clark, who visited the island for years before they moved there and bought the restaurant and had attended previous raft races themselves, were keen to get the event up and running again.

Mr Clark said: ‘We know of some local children and children from Point Sands Holiday Park are planning on entering, so we’re hoping for a good family day out.’

This year, there will be adult and junior categories, the first of which sets sail at 2.30pm, although there will be entertainment and food served at the restaurant from 10am.

There are some rules for those who wish to take part: all rafts must be built for the event, although there is no restriction on the materials used; rafts are to be paddled, there can be no sails, windsurfers or engines; only 16-year-olds and younger can race in the junior section and all must wear life-jackets; and the starter will have the final say in whether or not rafts qualify for the race.

Each crew will kick off from the jetty at the Boathouse, and race across the bay, with prizes for all the winners.

The proceeds from the raffle and raft entries will go to Gigha primary school.

Fancy dress is welcomed and there will be a bouncy castle and face-painting, so it’s set to be fun-filled afternoon.