|It was the annual raft race in Tarbert on Saturday afternoon, marking the end of Tarbert Seafood Festival 2006. We took the children up from Carradale to enjoy the fun and games.|
The race kicked-off at around 3:30pm, after the tide had begun to come in, and there were two heats of four rafts, with the winner and runner-up in each heat going through to the final.
Teams included The Crab Boys, The Pirates, The Tartan Army, The Golden Girls, The Gigha Cowboys, 118-999, and Tommy Sheridan's Sociable Party. (Apologies to anyone I've missed out.)
It was a close-run thing, with several incidents of rule-bending including at one point a sustained 'push' from one of the safety boats, but in the end it the race was won by Tommy Sheridan's Sociable Party, deposing the reigning champions 118-999.
The weather was stunningly sunny and hot - the bars and food stalls conducted a roaring trade, and the face painting was very popular with the smaller spectators.
I took lots of photos, many of which you can see in the Tarbert Raft Race section in the menu.
So well done to Tommy Sheridan's Sociable Party. How about a raft from Carradale next year?