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A large crowd gathered at Thurso beach to witness the annual Thurso Bay Raft Race organised by the North Coast Branch of the Coastguard Association.


First across the finish line at Scrabster beach was ‘Final Fling 2’ crewed by members from Rolls Royce Vulcan stores in a time of 23 minutes 29 seconds.  Second was ‘Wick Fire Brigade’ in a time of 24 minutes 13 seconds.  Third was ‘Out of Control’ crewed by members from Johnson Controls in a time of 25 minutes 58 seconds. 

All first three rafts were entered in the paddles section of the race with the first of the oars rafts, ‘Trashy Women’ coming in 4th in a time of 30 minutes 3 seconds.


Best constructed raft was ‘Mayhem Construction’ entered by Scrabster Harbour Trust.  Best Dressed raft was won by ‘Trashy Women’.





The wooden spoon was won by ‘A Few Good Men’ who gracefully brought up the rear coming in 1 hour 19 minutes 35 seconds after leaving the beach at Thurso.

The damp squib in the proceedings proved to be ‘BT Ignite’, whose manpower was found severely lacking as their raft succumbed to the depths of Thurso Bay.
The event concludes tonight as the presentations are made at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso.

Glass Creations, Thurso again donated the trophy which will be awarded to the winners at this evenings proceedings. 


See Pictures From Raft Race 2000