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Race-goers invited to leave their mark on Kinsale RNLI raft run

August 5th, 2017 12:32 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Rafts passing Charles Fort at the start of Kinsale RNLI Raft Race last year. (Photo: John Allen)

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THOSE taking part in this weekend's annual Kinsale RNLI Raft Race will be able to leave their mark on a special work of art that will be auctioned at a later date in aid of the RNLI. 

This is the first time an art demonstration will be carried out on the pier as part of the annual Raft Race, which will involve extreme artist Philip Gray.

The race-goers can doodle on a large canvas and their drawings will be incorporated into a larger painting by the artist.

‘This will be quite exciting for punters to have the opportunity to make their mark on a canvas that Philip will incorporate into his finished work. His artwork is highly collectable and we're really delighted to have him on board for this year's event,' said Tricia McLernon, PRO of Kinsale RNLI.

This year's raft race on Saturday August 5th will start at the Bulman Bar at 3pm and end with a Party on the Pier, with Kinsale fishermen kindly supplying ‘A Taste of the Sea' in return for donations to the RNLI. 

Up to 20 rafts are set to compete for the coveted trophy, designed by Dominic Dolan of Kinsale Silver and reigning champions Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre are promising a vigorous defence of their title.

‘DJ Anthony of The White Lady Hotel will preside over the Party on the Pier with his inimitable blend of music, race commentary, fancy dress and fun and games for all the family.'

Several local businesses have also come on board and will be sponsoring prizes for best fancy dress, the fastest raft and the team that raises the greatest amount of sponsorship for the RNLI. 

There will also be the highly sought-after Oar of Shame for the most dismal performance among the rafts!

‘The Kinsale RNLI lifeboat station will also be open to the public on Sunday August 6th from 1.30pm where visitors can meet the crew, see the lifeboat in actions and learn more about the work of the RNLI and everyone is welcome,' added Trish.

For rules and regulations and sponsorship forms for the raft race email [email protected] or call Tricia on 083-1529282.

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