Hundreds watch raft race fun

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Hundreds of people lined Whitby harbourside to watch teams paddle it out in this year’s raft race on Saturday afternoon.

Only two teams took part this year – but the action was far from sedate with missiles and water bombs being lobbed by enthusiastic paddlers.

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Whitby Regatta 2013 - Saturday''Tate Hill pier lined with spectators for the raft race''w133302dd

The town’s inshore lifeboat also took part, swerving in between the two rafts to try to create a bit of added mayhem and much amusement from onlookers.

The competitors had to run down Tate Hill beach to the shoreline before climbing on board their home-made rafts and paddling to the finishing line at Tate Hill Pier.

The winning team was a group of friends from across Yorkshire who called themselves Yorkshire Paddlers.

Grace Hurst from the team said: “We feel elated, it was brilliant. We saw the raft race last year and thought we would come and give it a try.”

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Whitby Regatta 2013 - Saturday''Raft race best decorated''w133302ss

They scooped first place while second place went to Top Rodders – a raft put together by a local chimney sweep business which also won the prize for the best decorated raft.

Marshall in charge, Chris Bates, said: “It was a jolly good contest and the rafts that were there, put on a good show.”

Organisers hope to see a better turnout next year and are urging local businesses and friends to take part.

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Whitby Regatta 2013 - Saturday''Raft race winners''w133302pp

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Whitby Regatta 2013 - Saturday''Raft races''w133302ff