Sunday, August 28, 2011

And they're off!

The annual Mumbles Raft race took place this evening. It's held every year in aid of the RNLI (you can see the Mumbles lifeboat in the centre of this picture) and attracts huge crowds of onlookers as well as large numbers of rafts.The promenade is deep in people for one of the highlights of the village year.Some take it deadly seriously and come from far away to compete; others are happy to make it to the end.

Some need a helping hand to get that far.
Others need a bit more than a hand; they need a tow.
And some just do it for the opportunity to be pretty in pink.
By the way they may look all girly and softy but this raft was still being carried along the foreshore to the starting place long after everyone else had set off, and yet they still managed to beat the two stragglers above.

5 comments:

jams o donnell said...

Mumbles has less than fond memories for me. On a school field trip Our teachers contrived to get us cut off... and we waded across. I gather that was not advisable!

Leslie: said...

What fun! Makes me think of our bathtub race from Nanaimo to Vancouver every summer.

katney said...

Does look like lots of fun and I could use a dip in the sea to cool off. the pictures almost but don't quite do it.

Liz said...

From the lighthouse was that, jams? there are are dangerous currents running between the islands. I hope it wasn't the worm at Rhossilli; you could seriously stranded there!

It is fun, leslie, though the competitors were a little more serious this year.

Not advisable, katney. Although the sun was shining it was windy and cold.

Liz said...

From the lighthouse was that, jams? there are are dangerous currents running between the islands. I hope it wasn't the worm at Rhossilli; you could seriously stranded there!

It is fun, leslie, though the competitors were a little more serious this year.

Not advisable, katney. Although the sun was shining it was windy and cold.