Paul Braven

PICTURES | Big crowds cheer on crews in Great Raft Regatta

MORE than 500 people watched on as Calliope Rural Fire Brigade's Poop Deck and Fenner Dunlop's Piece of Ship fought for line honours in the Gladstone Harbour Festival's Great Raft Regatta this morning.

Captain of the Poop Deck Jo Hill said they were clear winners despite not having a motor.

She claimed Piece of Ship had a motor on the back and she didn't expect anything else from a bunch of pirates.

Piece of Ship crew members Adrian Wright and Mark Seckington thought they were the first ashore at the yacht club.

"We won. Everyone was cheering for us before we hit the bank," Adrian said.

They made their raft out of poly pipe and glued it all together in the past week with a two stroke water pump at the back.

"It was good fun, I'm exhausted." Mark said.

The regatta doesn't have any prizes for line honours but there were a lot of other winners.

The Titanic award went to Gladstone Community Linking Agency because its raft started sinking within the first few strokes and had to be rescued by SES.

The best dressed went to Mater Hospital, best juvenile team went Calliope Scouts and the media award went to The Observer.

The runners up in the most creative raft category went to Dolphin Sea Scouts Crew and the winner was Midwifery Group.



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