THE 2020 Monmouth raft race is CANCELLED

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UNFORTUNATELY, THE 2020 RAFT RACE HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the social distancing regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have taken the decision to cancel very reluctantly, after assessing the difficulties of managing the social distancing restrictions.
The principal issues are :-
– Crews on rafts can’t socially distance.
– Raft parking areas, at both start and finish, become very crowded with crews, supporters and spectators.
– Our event stewards frequently have to work in close proximity with each other, and with raft crews.
– The event attracts several thousand spectators who mill around at the start and finish, as well as crowding onto the bridges. Something we cannot control.
We considered postponing the decision to cancel until nearer the event, but our assessment is that social distancing restrictions, and the subsequent ban on crowds gathering for events, will still be in place in September.
A delayed decision would be unfair on raft crews who would have spent time building rafts, making travel arrangements, booking accommodation, and raising sponsorship.
The cancellation of the raft race represents a big hole in the Club fundraising activities, and we deeply regret the loss of funds that we would have raised for St David’s Hospice Care.
We’ll focus on making the 2021 raft race bigger and better than ever.

The annual Monmouth Raft Race is organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth. The 55th Monmouth Raft Race will now be run on Sunday 5th September 2021. 


The raft race is a fun afternoon on the river. It starts at Noon at Monmouth Rowing Club (Just off the A40 at Monmouth) and is paddled over 6.5 miles down the beautiful River Wye to the finish at Tump Farm, Whitebrook, (courtesy of the Cullimore Family) where there is a Family Festival of  entertainment and ample refreshment opportunities.

Why not ask your employer, or pub landlord, to enter a raft on your behalf. Constructing a raft and taking part is a great team building activity. Lots of fun for you, good publicity, and in support of a very worthwhile cause.

All sponsorship monies received by Monmouth Rotary Club from persons taking part in the Monmouth Raft Race will be donated to St David’s Hospice Care (75%) and other charities supported by Monmouth Rotary Club (25%).

St David’s Hospice Care is a Gwent based charity providing care at home, free of charge, to patients who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness.

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