October fun on the Thames & Severn Canal
The raft racers of Stroud and district will use the recently reopened stretch of the Thames & Severn Canal between Wallbridge and Capels Mill for Stroud Raft Race on Sunday 2nd October 2016.
The date of the event has been changed to Sunday 2nd October
This change is designed to enable people to return from holidays,
make some space in their garages or garden sheds, gather materials together
and get on with the design and building of their racing rafts.
This event is inspired by the success of raft races that took place along the same watery route back in the 1980’s. The photo below, taken in 1985, features members of a local rugby club.
Commitment to the canal restoration
Luciano Magalotti, a local resident and businessman organised the 1980’s raft races.
Luciano’s passion and commitment to the canal restoration and the people of Stroud continues…
Luciano explains… “I remember the first time we did it not many people knew we had a canal or a raft race.
“We decided to do another and we got a really good response, it was fantastic fun. I have been waiting a long time for this and it should be a lot of fun again!”
The fun Luciano so rightly refers to can relate to a range of activities:
- Building the raft
- Recruiting and training the crew
- Securing sponsorship
- Raising money for local charities
All of the above will be followed by the thrill of navigating a newly opened section of waterway through Stroud!
The raft race has a website featuring historic pictures & stories. Entry forms and sponsorship forms are there to download. There is even a section to give you tips on building a racing raft!