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Crowds have a Splashing Day at Rhyl RNLI Raft Race

Lifeboats News Release

Large crowds of people joined the Rhyl RNLI volunteer crew for thier 3rd annual harbour raft race.

The volunteers of Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat station hosted their 3rd annual Rhyl Harbour Raft Race on Sunday, with large crowds attending to watch the teams race around the harbour, in a bid to win the 'Povah Cup'.

The day began with Punch an Judy shows by Chris Toppers Puppet show for the younger members of the audience on dry land, and a gladiators style duel on the water using a large stand up paddle board kindly lent for the day by Green Dragon SUP School. The public were kept fed and watered by The Harbour Hub Café, Lyons Feast Hog Roast and Jordy's Pizza who have all made donations to the RNLI. A generous £200 donation was made on the day by Rachel Astley and Wendy Hughes who have recently taken part in a sponsored climb of Mount Snowdon.

Over all there were three raft races two heats and a final, with local building firm B&W Builders winning the Povah Cup for this year. Rhyl Jet Ski Club won best fancy dress for their super hero costumes & Sunnyvale Camp won the wooden spoon for best effort. The Rhyl Lifeboat crew raft was disqualified again as the turned their raft into a pirate ship during the final race and attempted to pillage a plunder the other vessels taking part!

Rhyl Lifeboat crew were also joined by colleagues from Flint RNLI, Conwy RNLI, RNLI Denbighshire Lifeguards and the RNLI Divisional Base in St Asaph who helped with additional safety cover for the races.

Mrs Pam Povah was attended the event to present the winning team with the Povah Cup named after her late husband John who was a well loved local fisherman, retired Rhyl Lifeboat crew member and sea farer.

Dave Clark the event organiser said 'It was great to see so many people at the harbour enjoying the day, now in its third year the raft race has established itself a big event in Rhyl's calendar and is a great opportunity for the crew to host a fun day for our community whilst also showing people the work we do. We would like to thank everyone including Richie Williams for skippering and providing Rib Rides to the public with all the money made being donated to the RNLI, the staff at Rhyl Harbour all of whom helped to make the event a great success.'

Funds raised during the day are still being counted and will be announced soon.

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Rhyl RNLI Raft Race

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RNLI Gladiators

Kevin Chamberlain

Mrs Pam Povah presents the 'Povah Cup' named after her late husband John Povah to the winning team B&W Builders

RNLI/Callum Robinson

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhyl Lifeboat crew Raft before

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Rhyl Lifeboat crew Raft after

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