1. Each team is responsible for removing their raft from the canal at the finish and carrying it to its transport vehicle. The best idea is to design your raft to be as light as possible, so you can easily carry it at the finish. Our marshals may be able to offer you some physical handling resource, but this is not guaranteed. Unsealed barrels fill with water and large wooden struts become heavy when wet so please think about all weight reduction opportunities!
  2. Rafts shall comprise two or more hulls that are held in position by struts or a platform. Use of tyre inner tubes is permitted. A canoe design is not permitted.
  3. To ensure stability and prevent rafts overturning, the inside distance between the outer hulls should be a minimum of one metre. The overall length of the raft should be 4 metres long maximum and 2 metres wide.
  4. To ensure the safety of other raft crews, rafts must be designed such that they do not have any protruding or sharp parts and must be constructed from non-toxic materials. Any barrels or containers must be clean both inside and out.
  5. If outriggers are used, they should always be in full contact with the water along their full length.
  6. The rafts shall only be propelled by paddles including waterwheels, propellers or poles. The use of oars or rowlocks is not permitted. All paddles shall be home made and be of a single blade design. The use of commercially manufactured paddles is discouraged.

7 For safety reasons paddles shall not be attached to crew members.

  1. For safety and timekeeping reasons it is important that the race marshals can identify all rafts at all race checkpoints. See point 9 below.
  2. The allocated identification number of the raft must be visible from front and both sides. It must be clearly displayed above the water line in figures that are at least 230mm (9 inches) high. (You will receive laminated identification numbers at registration on the day of the event).
  3. The crew must be able to manoeuvre their raft into the canal without any additional external assistance.
  4. The use of polystyrene is forbidden even if it is enclosed or wrapped. The danger to the environment is too great to permit its use.

12. Take a look at these photos for inspiration from other raft races.

Useful contacts for equipment :-


Snow Business in Ebley have free 20ltr plastic drums available on a first come first served basis Telephone 01453 840077 and ask for Paul Denney – please give as much notice as possible – ideally at least 2 weeks

Can be purchased from Smiths at Coleford on 01594 833308 www.smithsofthedean.co.uk

Buoyancy aids……..

Can be purchased 2nd hand, from Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre……Telephone 01600 716083

Or visit www.ewetsuits.com    or   www.force4.co.uk

………It is also worth trying eBay
Happy Rafting

Raft specification reproduced from Wellesbourne & District and Shakespeare Lions Clubs website