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GREAT NEWS - Portrush Raft Race 2024 is GO!

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Portrush Raft Race will go ahead in 2024 thanks to Portrush Yacht Club and the RNLI.


The event will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, in aid of RNLI Portrush, pending Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s approval for land and property assets.


The Junior Raft Race, Main Raft Race, Raft Race Dip and PYC Skerries Swimmers’ Raft Race Swim will all return as part of this year’s event, with further details to be announced soon.



Karl Simmonds – General Manager at Portrush Yacht Club said:


“We’re delighted to play our part in ensuring Portrush Raft Race takes place in 2024.


“As a club with community at its heart, we’re pleased to work alongside the RNLI and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to deliver this fantastic national event – particularly during such an important year for the RNLI.”



2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the RNLI and 41st time Portrush Raft Race has taken place. This year’s iconic two-day event will again be focused around Portrush Harbour, West Bay and Kerr Street Green.


Beni McAllister - Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush said:


"We are pleased the Portrush Raft Race is back on for 2024. The RNLI is grateful to the RNLI North Coast Events Group, who ran the event for the last number of years, for their hard work and support during that time. 



“For our 200th year, we are thrilled to work with Portrush Yacht Club, who came onboard recently to ensure the popular event will go ahead. We are looking forward to celebrating with our community, while raising vital funds to support our work in saving lives at sea."

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