RAFT RACE 2018
Nautica Assistance is happy to share its participation to The Antibes Raft Race in 2018.
The event will take place in Antibes on Saturday 14th of April and it is a great funds raising event that will help two chosen charities this year: The Antibes Lifeboat, which is manned by unpaid volunteers who urgently need donations so they can continue to save lives; Restos du Coeur who help those in need including the elderly and the homeless to enjoy hot nutritious meals.
Back in the past, the first Antibes Raft Race was organised by Julian Mills in 1981, and the first memorable race took place without the "committee" having the foresight to obtain permission from Port Vauban. The Port Captain, Mr Plym, took it in his stride and later attended the evening bash with a view to lodging a complaint, but finished up presenting the prizes, what a good sport!
MY 'CARAMBA' won the first race - their own 'Caramba Cup' sat around various bars in Antibes for some years. The owner of "M/Y CARAMBA" later purchased a high-quality replacement cup which became the coveted top award for the winning raft.
During the 80's the finish line was at Harry's Bar in rue Aubernon, which stopped the traffic for some hours. Everyone, Antibes Police included, attended and joined in the fun.
Following a gap of a few years, the race was resurrected by Gary Morton (pictured right) and a new committee roped in to help plan this crazy day. Gary attended to the proper creation and registration with the prefecture, to create an official non-profit-making Association, and thus the official Antibes Raft Race Association was born.
The course and the few rules were continually changed, often at the last moment, but the fun and the community spirit never failed.
See you all in Antibes!