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Mumbles Raft Race to return after year's absence

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

By nino williams

  • Action from the Mumbles raft race in 2011

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MUMBLES raft race is afloat again!

The annual event, which attracts hundreds of visitors to the village, was cancelled last year due to a combination of factors, to the disappointment of competitors, spectators and local business.

But planning for the popular event, which see teams from across Swansea paddle self-made crafts from Norton to Knab Rock, is already underway, with a date set for July 21.

The event is held to raise money for the RNLI station in Mumbles, which is hoping to launch a new Tamar Lifeboat later this year.

Tony Bowen of the race organising committee said: "We have already had a handful of entries in for the race.

"The race has become a real part of the summer diary for the village of Mumbles, and this year it's more important than ever to the ongoing fundraising for the new lifeboat station, which is currently being built to accommodate the new boat which will arrive this year."

Last year, planning for the raft race was hampered by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Olympics, and finding a suitable high tide to stage the event.

But organisers promised it would return in 2013, and have remained true to their word, with the race due to be held on its now traditional course.

Andy Miles, better known as The Wave's breakfast show presenter, Badger, is also a member of the crew of Mumbles lifeboat. He said: "Last year we had to take a year off as it was getting difficult to organise among the other events being held in the summer.

"The crew are really looking forward to seeing the rafts on the water."

In previous years, as many as 50 rafts have taken to the water, in all kinds of home-made vessels.

Tim Conway, lifeboat operations manager at Mumbles, said: "The crews take the race very seriously as an integral part of the fundraising at the Mumbles. In the past the total raised has been over £25,000."

Anyone wishing to enter a raft should contact themumblesraftrace@gmail.com or call 01792 361268

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