Raft race proves as popular as ever with Peterhead crowds

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Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Lido in anticipation for this year’s raft race on Thursday night.

Seven teams entered, with six-time winners FreshCatch expected to claim their seventh title.

However, in a closely-fought race with McGill Valeting, the two teams reached the shore in one of the closest finishes in recent times.

FreshCatch had indeed produced a strong display but despite reaching the shore first the team did not comply with the new rule of having a six crew team, thereby handing first place to McGill Valeting.

Similarly the raft provided by JogScotland fielded a crew of 13 and was also disqualified but nonetheless their sense of enjoyment was evident to see as well as their antics on the water that entertained the crowd!

It proved to be a dramatic outcome to the event which made for great excitement for those looking on but more was to come when Buchan Ground Force hitched a tow from a jet bike when they began to sink.

Event organiser Scott Ross said: “The raft race is a great team building event, it really is about getting involved and taking part.

“Winning is just a small factor in the event, but every team are first and foremost their to have fun.”

The Palace Hotel entered for the first time with a raft by Land & Marine and finished a respectable third place on their debut. All the teams that entered hoped that organisers would stage another raft race next year.

Following a review of the race outcome full results were as follows:

1. McGill Valeting

2. Score Group

3. The Palace Hotel/Land and Marine

4. Cafe Rio

5. Buchan Ground Force

6. FreshCatch

7. JogScotland