Chester Raft Race History

The Raft Race

In the 1970s a Chester River Pageant was started which included a race between rafts constructed by participants. The Raft Race part of the Pageant was organised by Dennis Dixon Bate who joined the Club in 1976 and suggested that it could continue as a Rotary project. This the Club accepted and the first Rotary Raft Race took place on the Dee on 19 July, 1980 in conjunction with Chester Sea Scouts. Fifty rafts took part and the event raised £700 (over £3000 in 2020) which was divided equally between the Sea Scouts and Cheshire Boys Clubs. The Raft Race quickly became a main fundraiser for the Club and has between held every year since with a few exceptions for reasons beyond the control of the Club.

From it’s inception until 2019 the race was organised by the Rotary Club of Chester.  From 2022, responsibility passed to Chester Grosvenor Round Table.

From 1990, our records of the winning team each year are as follows:

 
Year Raft Team
2021 No Race Covid 19
2020 No Race Covid 19
2019 Crocky Wok Crocky Trail
2018 Crocky Wok Crocky Trail
2017 Crocky Wok Crocky Trail
2016 The Traitor Chester Auto Services
2015 No Name Known Survitec Group
2014 In The Navy Cheshire Waste and Skip Hire
2013 Gloriana Stanton Pyroplast
2012 Contra Flow Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2011 Contra Flow Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2010 Dee Day Commandos The Greyhound, Farndon
2009 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2008 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2007   Cancelled - Floods
2006 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2005 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2004 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2003 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2002 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
2001   Cancelled - Foot & Mouth
2000 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
1999 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
1998 Wet Dream Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue
1997 Shy Talk Shell UK, Stanlow
1996 Shy Talk Shell UK, Stanlow
1995 Shy Talk Shell Uk, Stanlow
1994 Panache Jiffy Packaging
1993 Panache Jiffy Packaging
1992 Panache Jiffy Packaging
1991 Panache Jiffy Packaging
1990 Stig Shell UK Oil