Sun Shines For RNLI Open Day And Raft Race

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Yesterday’s RNLI open day and raft race is being viewed as a massive success by organisers.

The event in St Mary’s harbour also included a greasy pole challenge and a sea swim, as well as sales of food, gifts and RNLI products.

The afternoon of water-based activity was a fundraiser for the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild who were keen to re-start the former water carnival.

Ce Hicks was pleased with the turnout and felt everyone had enjoyed the event. Around 200 locals and visitors came along.

For National Lifeboat Open Day they usually just have the lifeboat moored alongside the quay.

Ce says having the ambulance and fire engine on the quay, as well as all the activities made the whole thing more of an event and she says she’d like to organise something similar next year.

Fittingly, the RNLI team rowed to victory in the adult raft race, forging ahead of the fire fighters, police and Mermaid Inn entrants.

In the junior section, youngsters Archie, Cameron and Sam won their race. The Girl Guides had been ahead but were sabotaged by one of the Guide Leaders’ sons.

Jenny Erentraut says the girls felt they were “robbed” and says son Andrew has been grounded.

See more photos from the event here.

St Mary’s Lifeboat Raft Race 7th July from Scilly Today on Vimeo