Huge crowds come to see the raft race at Shoreham

HUNDREDS of people hoped to become the next Bear Grylls as they swam to the water in homemade rafts.

Dennis Hunt, a member of the Argus Camera Club, was on hand to capture some great images from the event.

Community groups and friends showed their adventurous side at the Up The Creek Rafting Competition, taking part in a series of races at Shoreham Yacht Club on the Adur River to test their DIY skills to the limit.

Spectators and participants alike enjoyed fine weather – although a handful of rafts weren’t lucky enough to make it out of the water.

The contestants took to the water in colorful and quirky costumes and did their best to stay afloat as the crowd cheered from the water.

Challengers must build their vessel to strict guidelines to ensure it is seaworthy and are closely monitored by the RNLI and Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, who were on hand to get everyone out of the water.

The annual event also featured a paddleboard sprint and a kayak race.

It has become a regular fixture on the Shoreham Yacht Club calendar – with groups spending many weeks and months preparing their boats.

The Yacht Club itself has been an important part of the Shoreham community for more than a hundred years, since its inception in 1892. Huge crowds come to see the raft race at Shoreham

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