Tresco Raft Race To Become Annual Event

A contestant crosses New Grimsby Harbour in a bathtub

Eleven rafts entered yesterday’s Tresco Raft Race.

And its hoped over £500 has been raised for the garden project at the Tresco and Bryher School.

The Hamilton family from Tresco won yesterday’s challenge to build a raft and cross from New Grimsby Quay to the Flying Boat Club Slip.

Their vessel, Passed Away, was made from two kayaks tied together.

Organiser Tamasin Bridge says a specially made winners trophy, in the shape of a miniature raft, was made by island craftsman Dickie Bird at the last minute.

Winner's Trophy made by island craftsman, Dickie Bird

And awards were also given for the greenest, prettiest and  ‘most Einsteiny’ rafts.

Tamasin says some contestants got a bit damp with about half the rafts starting to sink at the start!

But Tamasin says everyone enjoyed the event and it will definitely be an annual fixture from now on.

You can see a selection of photos from the race in our Photo Galleries.