VOLUNTEER crew from Kinsale RNLI will race against an estimated 15 other teams on Saturday (July 30th) in the annual Kinsale RNLI Raft Race. The race starts at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 1pm and finishes at the main slip by Kinsale pier. Reigning champions The Dock will not compete this year, leaving the way clear for a new team to claim the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race trophy made by Dominic Dolan of Kinsale Silver.RNLI supporter and celebrity chef Martin Shanahan is master of ceremonies at the prize giving and Party on the Pier following the race. Kinsale fishermen including Eamon O’Neill, Finbarr Desmond, Gearoid Fitzgerald, Mark Hurley, John O’Mahony and Johnny Walsh will supply ‘A Taste of the Sea’ to help raise funds for the RNLI. Martin says: ‘Our hardworking fishermen will be doing fish and chips on the pier and all they ask is that you donate generously to the RNLI. The pier is the best place to view the race, with live commentary from DJ Mark. I will be on the water broadcasting live on Facebook so even if you are not in Kinsale, you can still join in the fun. It’s a great day out for all the family so join us on the pier from noon on Bank Holiday Saturday.’ Local businesses have generously sponsored prizes for fastest raft, best fancy dress and the team raising the greatest amount of sponsorship. For rules and sponsorship forms email [email protected] or call Tricia 083 1529282.