Cool lifeboat crew cruise to victory

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The pressure was on in the raft race final, as not only the fire engine but also the all-weather lifeboat were hosing down racers at the old quay.

The lifeboat team took the lead again, with the Coastguard close behind and the Calum McKinven raft keeping up the rear.

It was much closer on the home straight, and despite some glancing behind to check their rivals weren’t gaining on them, the RNLI boys crossed the line first.

The Coastguard came second, the Calum McKinven boys came third, with McFadyens fourth and West Coast Motors fifth.

The fire station team seemed to spend too long getting hosed down by their colleagues at the old quay and eventually sailed into sixth place.

There was the obligatory jumping from the raft into the water in celebration of finishing the race and, to celebrate their triumph, the RNLI boys took the plunge for a second time, from the new quay.

It’s a good job so much time was spent in the cool water as the blistering sun split the sky all afternoon.