news.aspNAIRN RAFT RACE
SUNDAY 25th JUNE 2017
Rules and Regulations
1) Eligibility: - The raft race is open to all clubs, pubs, local businesses, etc.
2) Raft Construction: - Rafts are to meet the following specifications (those that do not will be disqualified from the race). A raft is a flat, preferably floating structure and must be constructed of readily available materials. It must not, in the opinion of the organisers resemble too closely: a boat, punt or a canoe etc. Drums/containers if used must be clean and sealed. Means of propulsion is to be achieved via paddles, paddle wheel or sails made from domestic materials. NO double bladed canoe style paddles are to be used. All sharp edges/corners must be covered with protective padding. The crew must ride ON and NOT IN the raft and must be able to affect an immediate escape from the raft and must not be restricted in any way.
3) Crew Composition: - Each crew must consist of 4-8 people. A team captain nominated from each raft will be responsible for both the raft and crew for the duration of the race.
Crews are encouraged to wear fancy dress; however no clothing is to be worn that could prove hazardous if the raft should sink or overturn. All crews must be able to swim at basic level.
4) Safety: - For your own safety, all crews are to abide by the following instructions:
A) Anyone deemed not to be in a fit state in the opinion of the organisers prior to the start of the race will be barred from competing.
B) All race participants are to wear a buoyancy aid. Nairn Sailing Club has limited supplies and will be given out on a first come first served basis.
C) All crews must obey the instructions of the organizers and safety boat crews.
D) If your raft starts to breakup or sink, attract the attention of any of the safety boats at once, it’s easier to get into a safety boat from a sinking raft than it is from the water.
E)! AMMUNITION! Water balloons/flour bombs will be allowed and encouraged! NO EGGS. Under no circumstances must spectators (unless you know them!), safety boats, crew, or passing boats be subjected to any form of attack or dousing (unless they are attacking you). Apart from the dangers of them being hurt or worse, they will be carrying mobile phones/radios and cameras.
F) After the race it is up to the crews to remove their rafts from the water and dispose of them, a skip might be available at the top of the slipway.
G) All rafts will be scrutinised prior to launching for general safety compliances with these rules. Rafts can only be launched once allowed by the scrutinizers.
5) Entry: - All entry forms to be returned to the Raft Coordinator. Buchan Main, before Wednesday 21st June 2017 with a cheque for the race entry fee.
Address: - 35 Sutors View, Lochloy Road, Nairn IV12 5BT
Tel.: - 07875873685
£40.00 entry fee, paid by cheque made payable to Nairn Sailing Club.
All race fees collected will be split between Nairn Area Sports Council (to help towards their funds supporting local sports clubs.) and Nairn Sailing Club Dinghy section (to help run the dinghy section within the club, and offering sailing to the local schools and community.)
All teams are encouraged to raise as much money as possible for these good causes or for a charity of their choice: RNLI, Nairn Hydrotherapy Pool, etc.
Prize Giving will be held as soon as possible after the race. Prizes will be awarded for: - Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Best fancy dress raft and outfit.
Best junior raft (16 and under)
Best sports club
7) Assembly Registration: - Is to be attended by team captains, and will take place in Nairn Sailing Club at 1400hrs. Crews are to assemble with their rafts in the assembly area by 14.30hrs where they will be scrutinized.
The judging of the fancy dress will also take place at this time.
A final brief for all teams will take place at the assembly area prior to they’re launch at 15.10hrs
Start time: 15.30hrs. From the West beach in front of the harbour, weather permitting.
8) Courses: - Weather dependent
a) Start at the West beach in front of the harbour, round the West Pier, up the river to the finish line at the Bailey bridge.
b) Start at the Bailey bridge, down the river, round the buoy in the middle of the river, then back up to the Bailey bridge to the finish.
9) Liability: - All participants take part in the race voluntarily. The organisers Nairn Sailing Club will not accept any liability for loss, damage, injury or death caused during the race or any activities connected with the race.
10) The aim of the Nairn raft race is to raise funds for NSC dinghy section & NASC, and worthwhile local charities, to have lots of FUN!! And promote NAIRN.