Historical Records - The Connecticut River Raft Race

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41st Annual
Connecticut River
Raft Race

July 25, 2015
10:00 am

Gildersleeve Island
Portland Riverside Marina

Grilling Contest
July 24, 2015
7:00 pm

Captain's Meeting
July 11, 2015
10:00 am
Riverside Marina
37 Riverview Street
Portland, Connecticut 06480

2015 Event Permit

2014 Raft Race Results
The race committee through the advisement of the US Coast Guard made the tough call to cancel last year's raft race. One hour prior to the race a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Middlesex County and doppler radar indicated a chain of strong storms was approaching the Middletown area. Because of this imminent threat the event was called off. The safety of all participants is of paramount importance to the raft race committee. We apologize for the last minute changes and look forward to seeing everybody in 2015.

Hardcore Rafters
A few rafts did run the racecourse despite the threatening weather. These rafts were: Millenium Buzzard, SS Social Club & Rooster, and a large flotilla of four rafts tied together and entered as the 19th Hole; which included Land Hoe, USS Funny Farm, and Piss-n-play. All rafts running the racecourse were listed as such on the 2014 raft race results. All other rafts were listed as DNS - Did Not Start.

Special Awards
American Heritage Award - Bob Niland
Committee Choice Award - 19th Hole
Admirals Cup - Gretchen Bartkus

Grilling Contest Winner
The Bartkus Girls
from the
All Day Suckers Raft

Social Media Websites



Facebook - The Connecticut River Raft Race

Little Willie 2007 Race Video
Bernadette's 2010 Race Photos

Flickr Groups - The Connecticut River Raft Race

Join this Flickr Group
blazer8696 - CRRR 2012 - finish pictures
blazer8696 - CRRR 2012 pictures
blazer8696 - CRRR 2011 pictures
blazer8696 - CRRR 2010 pictures
DreamKoda - CRRR 2009-2011 pictures
crazydave757- CRRR 2011 pictures
crazydave757 - CRRR 2011 movie

YouTube - The Connecticut River Raft Race

Millenium Buzzard anthem, 2010
The calm before the storm, 2010
Race anthem and cannon, 2010
Knotty Gurl in action, 2010
Millenium Buzzard finish, 2010
Pre-Race Video, 09/05/11
Little Willie finish, 2011
Lin Lee in action, 2011

2015 Event Information

Event Booklet

Promotional Poster

Map to Alternate Launch

Safety Equipment

Racecourse Float Plan

Emergency Contacts

CT Boating Safety Guide

Race Course Chart

Race Course Map

Race Committee

Raft Building

Race Rules

Entry Form


Connecticut River Information

Connecticut River Watershed Council

Connecticut River Home Page

Knotty Gurl Track - 2010
by blazer8696 with
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx

2015 Catfish Tournament

Riverside Marina's
20-th Annual
Connecticut River
Catfish Tournament

Portland Riverside Marina
August 15-16-17, 2015

Newspaper  Articles 

08/01/2009 Connecticut River Raft Race Returns

08/05/2007 Little Willie Proves Up To Task In Raft Race

08/03/2007 Kids Set To Make A Splash In River Raft Race

08/01/2007 River Raft Race Remains Afloat

07/29/2006 The Boat Floats, So Now It's Time To Race

08/03/2003 Floating For Fun

08/01/2003 Rafters to Float Through Area for Annual River Race

Picture Links

Flickr Group for the Connecticut River Raft Race

CRRR 2011 - a set on Flickr

2010 The Captains' Meeting
2010 Raft Race Pictures 1
2010 Raft Race Pictures 2
2010 Raft Race Pictures 3
2010 Raft Race Pictures 4
2010 Raft Race Pictures 5
2010 Raft Race Pictures 6
2010 Raft Race Pictures 7
2010 Raft Race Pictures 8
2010 Raft Race Pictures 9
2010 Raft Race Pictures 10
2010 Raft Race Pictures 11
2010 Raft Race Video Clips


2009 The Captains' Meeting
2009 Legendary Sweeper Rafts
2009 Raft Race Pictures A
2009 Raft Race Pictures B
2009 Raft Race Pictures C
2009 Raft Race Video Clips


2008 Friday's Grilling Contest
2008 Saturday's Festivities
2008 Awards & Party
2008 Millenium Buzzard Voyage


2007 At The Start
2007 On The Racecourse
2007 At The Finish


2006 At The Start
2006 On The Racecourse
2006 At The Finish


2005 Race Day Pictures


2004 Race Day Pictures


2003 Race Day Pictures


2001 Race Day Pictures


2000 Race Day Pictures


1999 Race Day Pictures

Directions & Maps

Committee Meeting

Riverside Marina

2008 Race Course Map

2008 Race Course Chart


Captains' Meeting

2013 Raft Race Committee

Public Access

Next Meeting
July 11, 2015

Map to Meeting
7:00 - 7:30 pm sharp

Dan "Otto" Pritchard's House
8 Hale Road
Portland, CT 06480


Miscellaneous Rafting Links

1999 Post Race News Letter

Some Raft Race history by Kim

35th Pictures by Ed

35th Pictures by Sandy

Nick Schade

Riverside Marina - Raft Race Link

The North End Action Team

Floating Neutrinos Web Site

Raft Building Techniques

Building Triceratops

Creating Little Willie 2001

Creating Pedal Stations 2003

Little Willie Movies

Pedal Station 1

Pedal Station 2

Pedal Station 3

Pedal Station 4

Little Willie Race 5

Lin Lee Movies

Paddle Wheel

Lin Lee in action, 2011

Raft Propulsion

Little Willie Pedal Station

Little Willie Propeller Unit

IPU-Integrated Propulsion Unit

Paddle Wheel

Other Rafting Events

April 27-28, 2013
Wild Water Derby
Shortsville, NY 14548
Matt Schaertl: 585-289-9594 (V)
Matt Schaertl: 585-402-8149 (M)

April 27th, 2013
39th Bridgewater Raft Race
Ottauquechee River, VT
Marie Hewitt: 802-457-3006


May 18, 2013
The Floatila - Chattanooga’s Community Float
Rivermont Park to Coolidge Park
On the Tennessee River
Rosemary Hunerwadel: 423-648-0963
Event and Social Media Coordinator

Saturday, July 20, 2013
3rd Annual Niantic Bay Raft Race
East Lyme, Connecticut
Hole-in-the-Wall Beach
Raft Race Rules
Race Description
Article by Jayne Keedle
YouTube - Niantic Bay Raft Race # 1
YouTube - Niantic Bay Raft Race # 2
More Info & Entry Forms

John Wilson
David Brown
Parks & Recreation Office


July 27, 2013
39th Connecticut River Raft Race
Portland, CT 06480
David Malboeuf: 860-707-3691

2013 - Date to be Announced
Louie B's in Southwick, MA


2013 - Date to be Announced
36th Annual Fools' Rules Regatta
Jamestown, RI 02835
Candy Powell: 401-423-1492

2012 - Event Not Running
2nd Annual River House Raft Race

2009 Raft Race Pictures 1
2009 Raft Race Pictures 2
2009 Raft Race Pictures 3

Saugatuck River Chart
2009 Itinerary For Rafters
2009 Participant Letter

Westport, CT 06880
Tracy Kolarich
Coordinator of Community Relations
Volunteers of America - CT
999 Oronoque Lane
Stratford, CT 06614
(203) 612-9588
c: (203) 837-7855

This Page Last Updated June 14, 2015
Webmaster:  David R. Malboeuf
109 Lovell Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Phone:  860-707-3691
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