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The annual Rother Raft Race takes place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Raft Race is launched each year from Sand Bay 100 yards from the gates to Cowdray Castle . It started this year 2008 at 1.0 pm on Sunday the 24th August with circa 50 – 60 entrants racing the 3.75 miles to Lods Bridge .
Hundreds of onlookers who assembled at the Start, and at the River Rother Bridge opposite the gates to Cowdray castle, walk along the river bank following the fun to the Fish Ladder and thence to the finish where the craft are hauled out of the water – up a steep bank - using a mechanical digger arm.
It’s a wonderful family day-out with a strong community feel; and there is something for everyone willing to celebrate a joyful afternoon watching friends and visitors alike splashing about in water – and doing their bit for charity. If you wish to enter a raft for the contest please contact the organisers through their website.