43nd Annual
Connecticut River
Raft Race

July 29, 2017

Who

The Connecticut River Raft Race, Inc. is an approved and recognized 501-3C non-profit corporation. There are seven committee members who organize the event.

What

This is a family-oriented fun raft race out on the Connecticut River. It is an organized event where we encourage all participants to have fun, act in a responsible sportsman-like manner, and obey all safety requirements and raft race rules. All participants are asked to assist their fellow rafters when necessary, and above all, enjoy the event, and have a great time out on the water.

Where

The racecourse is out on the Connecticut River and is about 4 miles long. The raft race starts at the southern tip of Gildersleeve Island and runs downriver to Portland Riverside Marina. Wilcox Island will come into view at the halfway point. On the east side of the river is the legendary Brownstone Quarries where early European settlers carved out the rock to build local homesteads and buildings. As rafts continue past the island they will pass beneath the Arrigoni Bridge and an old railroad swing bridge. The Middletown skyline comes into view next as the the river gradually changes direction and starts flowing in an easterly direction. The racecourse ends on the northern shore of the river a few hundred feet upriver from the first set of boat docks at Portland Riverside Marina.

When

The event starts at 10:00 am on July 30, 2016 and is timed to take advantage of the outgoing tidal influence that increases the normal downriver flow.

Why

Race profits are donated to a designated children’s charity, usually located in the Portland and/or Middletown region. The funds contributed are raised through entrance fees and T-shirt sales.

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