I only remembered it was on 15 minutes beforehand, otherwise we would all have been more suitably attired in pirate stripes and sailor hats. As it was we managed to scavenge an eye-patch...
... but we were totally and wonderfully upstaged by an exquisitely dressed mermaid, sailor, pirate...
... and naturally the Sea God Poseidon...
This is the first year of the race (inaugural, I believe is the word), in which local artists design and make deliberately absurd vessels that then cascade in all their creative, colourful and slightly crackers glory down the River Porter in Endcliffe Park, raising money for Cavendish Cancer Care through sponsorship and bets placed on the ridiculous raft of rafts (oh please, how is it such a silly play on words can give me such pleasure?).
McCrirrick was on hand to persuade spectators to "Get Lucky with the Plucky" and part with their cash.
Being astonishingly indecisive, we couldn't choose which one to bet on. So we bet on three.
The ones we plumped for were the SS Bubonic, sailed by Ratty; Cox C'Ora by my absolute favourite jeweller in the world Jennie Gill; and Walkley Tea Party by Miriam Stayte. You rarely see such beauties riding the ocean waves.
The SS. Bubonic by John Fox
Cox C'ora by Jennie and Ed Gill
Walkley Tea Party by Miriam Stayte
But we were also tempted to place our bets on these rafts...
Chilly Willy by Paul Evans
Oops! Hook-A-Duck by Lydia Bennett and Lea Scott
Top Totty by Studio Ten
Beach Bath Aftermath by Brown/Ben
Kissy Kissy Kraft by Anthony Bennett
As you can see, it was a closely contested race...
The RAFTA trophy line-up.
And so, funnily enough did we. With ticket number 19.
It now has pride of place on our mantelpiece.