Apprentices Hayden Caughey, Joe Richardson, Luke Neill and Jayden Adams put the finishing touches on NRG's entry in the 2014 Gladstone Harbour Festival Great Raft Race.
Apprentices Hayden Caughey, Joe Richardson, Luke Neill and Jayden Adams put the finishing touches on NRG's entry in the 2014 Gladstone Harbour Festival Great Raft Race. NRG

NRG set to take on all comers with fire truck replica raft

NRG apprentices have worked hard on this year's raft for the Gladstone Harbour Festival NRG Great Raft Race.

Fourth year apprentice boilermaker Joe Richardson led a team of eight apprentices in helping to put together this year's entry, which features a replica of the Emergency Response Team's new fire truck.

As well as Joe, the team included Jayden Adams, Hamish Nicholls, Mitchell Hallinan, Luke Neill, Rhys Dahl, Hayden Caughey and Dylan Stitt.

The team had to face some challenges with their new base not able to be delivered in time, which left the boys having to use the base from last year's raft.

While Joe has not competed in the race before, he believes - based on previous years - that QAL and the Gladstone firies will be good contenders to take out some of the top prizes.

Major prize categories at this year's race include the Pride of the NRG Raft Race (best creative raft), Best Backyard (privateer) Raft, Best Dressed Team and Most Entertaining Team.

There is more than $6000 in prize money up for grabs.

NRG said the apprentices used the event as a way to improve their skills, and as a team building exercise to improve morale and camaraderie within their workgroups.

This is the 16th year NRG has sponsored the Great Raft Race, and up to 25 rafts are expected to enter, making it one of the highlights of this year's harbour festival.

The race will kick off at 10.30am on Good Friday at the Goondoon Street boat ramp in front of the yacht club.



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