All aboard the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race 2017

July 12th, 2017

Two teams of eager Brewers staff paddled through muddy waters this weekend for the annual Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race. The Raft Race has been running for over 40 years, raising thousands of pounds for local charities and is the headline feature of the Lewes Regatta. 

24 rafts competed in this years Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race
24 rafts competed in this years Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race

The team of charitable staff members chose to donate their funds to Rockinghorse Children's Charity this year.

This year’s race theme was Britannia rules the waves. Brewers selected team names of HMS Ousing-in-g with Confidence and HMS Queen of deNile (pun-tastic!).

Starting from Lewes, both teams headed down river proudly sheltered from the attack of water balloons and eggs by giant Brewers umbrellas and tins of paint before crossing the line in Newhaven.

The teams finished in respectful places of 12 and 13 out of 24 rafts.

HMS Ousing-in-g with Confidence, started the course at 14:26 and finished at 17:06 with a total time taken of 2 hours 40 minutes. HMS Queen of deNile, started the course at 14:23 and finished at 17:04 with a total time taken of 2 hours 41 minutes.

Congratulations to team UTC Harbourside who finished in first place with an impressive finishing time of 1 hour 32 minutes!

Photo Credit: Danny Woodford and Richard Paice