Tresco Raft Builders To Take To Water This Sunday

A previous Tresco Raft Race competitor

A previous Tresco Raft Race competitor

Less than a month after St Mary’s amateur raft builders showed their boat building skills, islanders and visitors are being encouraged to enter Tresco’s own raft race on Sunday.

Organiser James Druce says up to 20 home-made vessels have entered in previous years.

Entrants will need to cross from the Flying Boat Club slipway to New Grimsby beach. The fastest should finish in around 15 minutes.

But James says this year’s entrants seem more concerned with fun rather than finishing first. He’s seen some of the rafts being built and says he thinks, “they’ll be lucky to float.”

From Radio Scilly

James Druce on this year’s Tresco Raft Race

James says some new rules have been introduced this year. Competitors can’t use any other boats, like kayaks, as part of the design and they also can’t use engines.

And James says that while Bryher often put in an entry, he’d love some rafts joining the race from the other islands.

You don’t need to preregister and your £5 pound entry fee will go to Cancer Research UK.

The event starts at 3 o’clock on Sunday.