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Rafters brave rain to support the RNLI Rhyl Harbour Raft Race

Lifeboats News Release

Raft teams braved wind and rain at times to support this years RNLI Raft Race in Rhyl Harbour, which was raising fund for the towns new Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat.

The race in its fourth year, and saw 18 teams take part, has become a popular event in the seaside town. This year the organisers decided to go ahead with the race despite rain being forecast. Luckily the rain cleared just as the first race began.

Spectators watched the raft teams battle it our over four heat races, then the top finishers competed in the final race the Povah Cup, named after the late well known local seaman/fisherman John Povah.

For the reigning champions B&W Builders retained the trophy, with local cycling group, The Lon Las Loonies coming in second and in third place was the out of hours GP team. Rhyl and Flint Lifeboat crew raft didn't compete this year, and instead turned to piracy to cause some mayhem during the races, including sinking the HM Coastguard raft. That was until the late arrival of the Centurions (Rhyl Jet Ski club raft), where a battle between the two teams ensued! It is still not known who actually won.

Joint winners of the fancy dress competition were the Mens Sheds Association and Lime Hair and Beauty.

Martin Jones, Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain said 'Despite the weather the day has been a great success, the local community have pulled together and I think it was an enjoyable day for all, which has helped raise over £900 towards our new lifeboat. We'd like to thank Anwyl Homes-Parc Aberkinsey for donating the pallets for the rafts, Vue Cinima, Rhyl and the Cookhouse and Pub for donating prizes for the fancy dress competition. We would also like to thank our colleagues RNLI volunteers from Flint for helping out on the day and also the RNLI Lifeguards for providing first aid cover.

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RNLI Rhyl Harbour Raft Race 2018

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The Rhyl/Flint RNLI Pirates take on the Rhyl Jet Ski Club Centurions in battle

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The B&W Builders are presented the Povah Cup by Rhyl's Harbour Master

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The Mens Sheds Association came joint first for thier fancy dress.

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Lime Hair and Beauty came joint first for thier fancy dress.

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Rhyl/Flint RNLI Pirates attack the Rhyl HM Coastguards Raft

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