The Great Nauticalia Raft Race

Get Ready to Groove on the Thames: It’s a 70s Raft Race Extravaganza! 🌈☀️

Dust off those bell-bottoms and grab your grooviest shades because we’re about to take a psychedelic trip down the Thames like it’s the 70s all over again! 🚣‍♀️✌️

Don’t worry if you have never made a raft before!  Nauticalia is on hand to help you – they know all there is to know about rivers and boats, and have materials and advice freely available.  Email for more information.

Picture this: a blaze of sunshine beaming down on the Thames, so bright you might mistake it for the disco ball at the Electric Ballroom! The riverbanks will transform into a time warp as our 70s-themed rafts emerge, making waves like a Bee Gees record on repeat. Can you dig it? 😎

Expect rafts decked out in lava lamps, afros bouncing to the rhythm, and captains sporting flares wider than the river itself. The disco fever is spreading, and we want you to be part of the hustle and float your boat in the coolest raft race this side of the Hammersmith Palais!

So, grab your polyester, polish those platform shoes, and mark your calendar for Saturday 8 June. It’s time to boogie on the water and show off your rafting prowess in a sea of funky nostalgia!

Remember, Nauticalia is here to help!  They can provide fab materials, a pad to store your creation and advice to keep you truckin’. Email for more information.

Signup now, and prepare for a river race that’s far out, man!


Marshalled by the Desborough Sailing Club, sponsored by Nauticalia and watched by thousands!

The theme for 2024 is The 70s and the entry fee is £15 per raft

Before you enter, please read the Rules and Conditions

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Below is Tim Stannard’s six minute video shot in 2013