Take part in the first ever Sheffield City Raft Race
Date: 08/08/2012. Story submitted by: ChrisSavage
© Sheffield City CouncilSubmitted by: ChrisSavage
The Sheffield City Kayak Club is calling for competitors to take part in the first Sheffield City Raft Race on Sunday, September 23.
The race is part of a celebration marking the official opening of the Nursery Street pocket park.
Rafts will set off from the Kelham Island Museum to arrive at the Nursery Street pocket park by roughly 12 noon.
Their arrival will inaugurate the long-awaited pocket park.
Race course officials and safety boats will be on hand all the way down the course.
The Sheffield Raft Race is part of ‘Down By the Riverside,’ a celebration organised by the Kelham Island Museum and Riverlution, a network of organisations with interests in the River Don.
Taking place over the whole weekend of September 22 and 23, ‘Down by the Riverside’ celebrates the relationship between waterpower, steelmaking and the formation of Kelham Island.
Admission to the Kelham Island Industrial Museum will be £3.50 and the museum will host stalls, local history walks and talks, live music and a barbecue.
Rafts are built for competitors, but teams can decorate the rafts as they see fit. The exception is a brewery, which is allowed to make their own raft following prescribed guidelines. Charities can sponsor rafts, but collection is not allowed on the day.
The entry fee is £70. There is a maximum of 5 people in a crew, all members must be over 18 years of age and be able to comfortably swim 50m in light clothing. All crews must abide by the raft race health and safety rules.
Contact Tony Canning, director of the Sheffield Raft Race, on 07989 933652 to register a crew and to learn more about this exciting event.
Address: Sheffield South Yorkshire S3 8GF
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