Sunday Evening 19th August 2001.
Mumbles Raft Race..
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind
permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
The crowds arrive early on this rather cloudy Sunday evening to watch the fun and games at the start of the annual raft race from Norton to Nab Rock.
The competitors, dressed for the occasion, gather besides their, hopefully, seaworthy craft ready for launching.
This team, representing a local inn, are already in the water and keen to get started. This raft is armed with a water pump and hosepipe to discourage any competitor who gets within range.
Other rafts are in the water and making last minute adjustments.
There are some very strange looking constructions here and most appear to have excess crew.
On shore, the crowds keep arriving, spreading out along the whole length of the breakwater to the finishing line at Nab Rock.
There must be about ten thousand people here to enjoy the fun this occasion never fails to provide. Proceeds from the event are in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. .
The rafts are paddled out to the starting line ....
.... ready for the Swansea City Lord Mayor to fire the starting rocket from the R.N.L.I. lifeboat.
The rocket is fired and the rafts are away.... some unfortunately never even made it to the starting line.
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