Rules and Information



 Sunday May 24th A full list of rules and information is listed below.The rules and definitions are to assist your planning of the Raft Run:


  1. Entries are restricted to 55 rafts on a first come first served basis;
  2. Rafts must be sat upon, not in (canoe/dinghy type construction will not be accepted);
  3. Each raft must carry a minimum of 3 persons and a maximum of 11;
  4. Each person must wear personal buoyancy aid/lifejacket at all times on the water;
  5. The raft may have any number of hulls;
  6. The hulls must not be commercially manufactured;
  7. Entries will be divided into the following CLASSES (All classes are muscle powered/sail assisted)
    1. Time Chasers
    2. Best of Rest
    3. Junior Class
    4. Ladies Class
    5. Best Effort Trophy "Judges Choice" (in the judges opinion in classes 2,3 and 4
    6. Raft raising the most funding (Elim Trophy)
  8. Junior entrants [class 3] must be over 14 years of age and under 18 years on the 17th of May 2015 (One adult must accompany each junior raft);
  9. All participants in class 1, 2, and 4 must be over 14 years of age on the 17th of May 2015;
  10. All crew members must carry a paddle plus 1 spare per raft (single blade paddles are only permitted);
  11. All rafts must be equipped with a 5m tow rope securely attached to the front of the raft;
  12. So spectators can see who’s who, each raft must have its entry number painted and displayed on the left hand side of the raft, on a board 12” x 24” high, mounted on a pole. [possibly a broom stick];
  13. The approach to the start area is by means of narrow streets. HGVs and articulated vehicles will not be allowed. All vehicles & trailers should approach by way of Ffordd Caernarfon & Rowen to Ffordd Glan y Mor, i.e. from the Caernarfon direction.
  14. Any person found to be intoxicated will not be allowed to compete;
  15. Before any one can participate the captain and crew members must confirm, on form provided, that they understand that they:-
    1. Have a prime duty of care to other participants, especially when on the water
    2. Must be capable of swimming in cold water with the aid of the required buoyancy aid
    3. Must be physically and medically fit to take part
    4. Are over 14 years or between 14 & 18 if entered in the junior class on the 30th May 2014
    5. Must agree to behave considerately, and obey instructions from officials
  16. Each person on every raft will be given a numbered tally band which must be handed in to the Count Marshal at the top of Menai Bridge pier when they have finished. THIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ORGANISERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF EACH ENTRANT;
  17. Crews should be along side their rafts in the start area 5 minutes before the start time;
  18. All rafts should be on the shore side of the starting rope until released;
  19. All rafts & crew will be inspected by the Scrutineers whose decisions will be final;
  20. Start time is planned for 1200hrs. On the day this could be delayed to suit tidal conditions. Two warning guns will be fired, one at 10 Min & one at 5Min before the start, stay back behind the start rope, which will be removed on GO.
  21. The finishing line will be between the moored dinghy with a large floating marker inside and
  22. Each person on every raft will be given a numbered tally band which must be handed in to the Count Marshal by the Pier gates [near Dylans restaurant] when they have finished. THIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ORGANISERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF EACH ENTRANT.
  23. Prize giving details are to be confirmed,rafts will be notified of the date nearer the time

  24. The final amount you have raised for your charity needs to be sent to the Organisers (see below) by July 31st 2015 to qualify for the Elim Trophy.





Please Do:

  • Wear protective headgear and suitable footwear
  • Bring a change of dry clothing
  • Wear a wet suit or suitable warm clothing on the water
  • Be on time for briefings, scrutineering and starting
  • Be alert for any announcements of changes
  • Have a safe and enjoyable day

Please Don’t:

  • Do anything to spoil the day for others
  • Drink alcohol as the cold water and drink DO NOT MIX

Safety boat cover for the raft run will be provided.
It should be noted that the prime function of the safety boats is to look after the competitors and therefore the towing of any raft will be secondary.
Each raft will be scrutinised on the day, and if in the opinion of the organisers, the raft is not seaworthy, it will be eliminated and the entry fee forfeited.
The time of the start will coincide with favourable tidal conditions running through picturesque and challenging tidal waters to Porthaethwy [Menai Bridge].


ENTRY FORMS To be completed and returned with a cheque for £40, made payable to ‘Menai Bridge Raft Run Charity’, to reach us by 26th of May 2014, after which date entry fees will increase to £50 (N.B: late entries will not be included in the programme).

Please return forms together with a large stamped & addressed envelope to:The Organisers, Menai Bridge Charity Raft Run, C/o Lilac Cottage , Glyn Garth, Menai Bridge, Anglesey LL59 5NS (01248 716530)

CANCELLATION. In the event of the run being cancelled due to weather conditions on the day of the run, £25 will be re-funded. (The weather would have to be extreme).

THOUGHT. If you are short of a cause for which to raise money, you might consider the Menai Bridge Raft Run Charity fund No 1121383 – proceeds from which will be distributed to local Charities and other local good causes.

Entry forms to be completed and returned (together with large stamped & addressed envelope) to:

The Organisers, Menai Bridge Charity Raft Run, c/o Lilac Cottage, Glyn Garth, Menai Bridge, Anglesey LL59 5NS              

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Please note this copy of the rules is only provisional and will be amended from time to time, a final copy will be sent to the contact on the entry form enclosed with the acceptance  letter.