"Morelli's are so thrilled and excited about sponsoring the 2015 Raft Race. We hope to help promote the carnival atmosphere of the event whilst highlighting the hard work and dedication of the RNLI and the volunteer crews who do such an important job. We want to encourage everyone to get involved in this years events and support the RNLI"
Arnaldo & Daniela Morelli
The RNLI Portrush Raft Race 2015 is in its 34th year and is taking place on Saturday 23rd May until Sunday 24th May 2015 with events for all the family. Morelli's Ice Cream is continuing its support as the Raft Race's sponsor for 2015!
For information and entry packs, which are still available, please email email@example.com
A special program of events has been organised for Saturday 23rd May including Speciality Stalls, a junior Raft Race, music at the Amphitheatre, historic lifeboat tours, RNLI 'Rookie' Lifeguard Challenge at West Strand, Live Music at the Boathouse, Children's entertainment and street theatre, face painting, Wild Geese parachute display team and a display by Portrush Lifeboats. This all leads up to the main event, Portrush Raft Race at 3.30pm and prize-giving on the 'wee beach' with Mr. Morelli and Guido Morelli at 4.30pm.
The RNLI Rookie Lifeguard Challenge will take place on Raft Race Saturday at the West Strand after the Junior Raft Race. This event is aimed at kids aged 10-15years old. In conjunction with the RNLI Beach Lifeguards, participants will compete in a three-stage race. From a beach start participants will complete a short sea swim, followed by a paddle on a surf rescue board, finishing the timed event with a run along the beach. This event will take place on West Strand near Babushka from 12.30-2.00pm, or from the small beach in the harbour if the sea conditions are unsuitable. Participants are asked to make a donation to the RNLI and should wear a wetsuit.
Their is also a program of events for Sunday 24th May including the Paddle Board Challenge! After its success last year the Paddle Board Challenge will once again be held on Raft Race Sunday in the harbour. Come and watch the mayhem unfold with a series of short races and fun paddleboard challenges taking place around the lifeboat. This offers fun and enjoyment to both the spectators and participants and will also showcase the growing sport of paddle boarding in the local area. Troggs Surf School will once again be on hand at the 'wee beach' to offer paddleboard taster sessions at 2.00pm. Come down and have a go or support the race challengers from 3.00pm onwards. A donation to the RNLI is required for entry into the competition.