Rafts dodge bombs for race glory
IT WAS war on the water yesterday as the most unlikely of water craft took to Auckland Creek for the 2005 NRG Great Raft Race.
With the most spectacular creative lineup of boats seen in the race's history, it was the Gladstone Area Water Board's H2O that took line honours from Boyne Smelters Ltd's Aluminator.
But the action began well before the starter's siren in front of the Gladstone Yacht Club with The Flintstones lining up with their boat upside down after an earlier mishap.
Golding's prime mover The Colonel, Kaefer's Kis-Miaz and Valleys Rugby League's army tank The Seek and Destroy were the real eye catchers.
But what other boats lacked in style they made up in substance as the race got under way with a flurry of water bombs and eggs hurled from one side of the course to the other.
A large, enthusiastic crowd joined in the skirmish, hurling soft missiles from the shoreline and the bridge.