Historical Records - The Connecticut River Raft Race

Historical Records - The Connecticut River Raft Race

This archive is a work in progress and as such will be updated as time and materials become available. I currently have three large collections I'm working on to scan, format, and upload. If you have any content you want to add, have a suggestion, an idea, or you find any mistakes that need to be corrected please contact me, David Malboeuf, by email message at crazydave757@hotmail.com, phone 860-707-3691, or snail mail at 109 Lovell Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095. For quickest response please send email with detailed instructions and attach any relevant computer files. If you have materials that need to be scanned or you wish to contribute please contact me prior to sending anything so that I may establish your contact information i.e. home address, phone number, and email. This will help ensure that your materials are returned safely and a copy of any computer files generated can be sent back to you along with your originals. Thanks.

The contributors listed below have provided access to their personal collections of raft race mementos. The collections included photographs, newspaper articles, drawings, crewmember lists, drawings, artifacts, and a variety of souvenirs. These materials have been organized by year & category and are accessible by clicking on the links below. I'm planning to add a short biography of the donors with an overview of their raft race experiences and a few pictures of their rafts.

Dick Harding - Morning Star I - Morning Star II - Morning Star III - Morning Star IV - Morning Star V - Morning Star VI - Morning Star VII - (1975-1981)
Pat Quinn - Morning Star I - Morning Star II - Morning Star III - Morning Star IV - Morning Star V - Morning Star VI - Morning Star VII - (1975-1981)
Doug Crocker - Nasty Habits 1986 - 1983 - 1990 (entire collection not uploaded yet)
David Malboeuf - The Big Johnson - Little Willie 2012 - Knotty Gurl 2011 - 1999 - 2012 (entire collection not uploaded yet)
Bob & Bernedette Niland - Miss Moon - (entire collection not uploaded yet)

Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1975 1st Front
Back
1975 Set A
1975 Set B
1975 Set C
1975 Set D
1975 Set E
1975 Set F
1975 Set G
1975 Set H
1975 Set I
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08/09/75 - 1st Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/14/75 - "WET DREAM" COMES IN FIRST
08/19/75 - ROLLING DOWN THE RIVER (1 of 2)
08/19/75 - ROLLING DOWN THE RIVER (2 of 2)
08/??/75 - Ingenuity Reigns in Raft Race
08/??/75 - Modern-Day Huck

1 - Wet Dream I
2 -
3 -

-
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies 1976 Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1976 2nd Front
Back
1976 Set A
1976 Set B
1976 Set C
1976 Set D
1976 Set E
1976 Set F
1976 Set G
1976 Set H
1976 Set I
1976 Set J
1976 Set K
1976 Set L
1976 Set M
1976 Set N
1976 Set O
1976 Set P
1976 Set Q
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07/24/76 - 2nd Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

03/16/76 - River rafters beware, the race is on!
??/??/76 - Rafts To Be Launched In Race July 24...
07/25/76 - Raft Yachtsman Poor Excuse for a Huck Finn
07/26/76 - RAFTS AND RAFTS OF FUN (1 OF 2)
07/26/76 - RAFTS AND RAFTS OF FUN (2 OF 2)
07/29/76 - Essex Raft Race Is A Big Splash
09/??/76 - Rafts race for charity
07/??/76 - Raft Race Fulfills Fantasies Of Long Ago
??/??/76 - POST-race action at Nott Island.

1 - Morning Star II
2 - Virgin II
3 - River Queen

Paddlewheel Sketch
Morning Star II
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies 1977 Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1977 3rd Front-A
Rear-A
Front-B
Rear-B
1977 Set A
1977 Set B
1977 Set C
1977 Set D
1977 Set E
1977 Set F
1977 Set G
1977 Set H
1977 Set I
1977 Set J
1977 Set K
1977 Set L
1977 Set M
1977 Set N
1977 Set O
1977 Set P
1977 Set Q
1977 Set R
1977 Set S
1977 Set T
1977 Set U
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07/30/77 - 3rd Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

05/26/77 - The 3rd Great Connecticut River Raft Race Is Going Strong!
07/15/77 - Rafting Down the River (1 of 2)
07/15/77 - Rafting Down the River (2 of 2)
07/30/77 - No tall Ships, But Still Some Sight
07/31/77 - Riding to Essex - If It Floats, Get On It
07/??/77 - A Summer Celebration and 50 Floating Riddles
08/01/77 - Raft Race is beery, beery slow
08/01/77 - Loss Didn't Dampen Their Enthusiasm
08/01/77 - Waiting For The Gun
08/15/77 - Rafts (The New Yorker, Aug 15, 1977)
??/??/77 - The Great Race
??/??/77 - Raft Race to Essex
??/??/77 - Wallace and Dodd Act to Save River Event
??/??/77 - Wallace Heads Slate Approved by Cauucus
??/??/77 - Despite Setbacks He Had Good Time
12/11/77 -
Main Street, Raft Race, Democrats Are Prominent in 1977 Essex News

1 - Morning Star III
2 - Snuffleupagus
3 - River Queen

1st Place Winner's Mug
Homemade Event Flag
3rd Annual Notice
Rip-stop Fabric Insignia
Racecourse Map
Steamboat Landing
to
Nott Island
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies 1978 Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1978 4 Front-A
Rear-A
1978 Set A 1
2
3

7/22/78 - 4th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

??/??/78 - Register Now!
11/16/78 - Charitable Donations
05/??/78 - Raft Race Organizers Anticipate 150 Entries In 4th Annual Event
??/??/78 - CANOEING, RAFT RACES, & TUBING
0??/??/78 - Connecticut River Raft Race Bubbles; Thousands Expected at Saturday Event
07/20/78 - Raft Race Promises "Organized Chaos"
07/23/78 - On to Nott's Island - The Traffic Was T'riffic
07/18/78 - 140 Entries Ready for Saturday's River Raft Race
07/27/78 - Rafters Race, Party Way Down The River
07/27/78 - Some Wanted To Win
06/15/78 - Entries Pouring In For River Raft Race
??/??/78 - New London Racers Hit Water Before Rafts
2nd Annual Flotsom and Jetsam Raft Race
07/28/78 - Rafts Rerouted Away From Essex
??/??/78 - Lions Divide Race Profits
??/??/78 -
Men Work Secretly To Build Racing Raft
??/??/78 - Coast Guard Refuses To Rescind Essex Raft Race Permit

1 - Riverwurst
2 - Morning Star IV
3 -

4th Annual Notice
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies 1979 Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1979 5 Front-A
Rear-A
1979 Set A
1979 Set B
1
2
3

08/04/79 - 5th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

??/??/79 - "Rubber Lips" Outsmarts "Em
08/09/79 - Spectators Allege Many Raft Racers Were Not Sailing With A Full Deck
06/14/79 - Editorial - The Great Raft Race
06/12/79 - Raft race faces fight
06/08/79 - Raft Race Draws Criticism From Riggio, Shop Owners
??/??/79 - Organizers Promise Control Of Raft Race
07/24/79 - Over 100 rafts registered for race
07/21/79 - Essex Explorers To Sail On Raft of Milk Containers
07/24/79 - Busy summer for Sea Explorers
09/??/79 - A Human Sea of rafts and racers
09/??/79 - River Raft Race wet and then wet
08/06/77 - Connecticut River Race Has A Booming Start
09/06/79 - River Race Fun For Everyone
??/??/79 -
Outspoken - Race Was Chaotic
12/15/79 - Town Fails To Sink Raft Race
08/06/79 - And they're off
??/??/79 - The Raft Race In Retrospect - The Nature Of Things
??/??/79 - Raft Racers Ignore Post-Race Downpour
07/26/79 - Raft Race Set Despite Gripes
??/??/79 - Raft Racers Make Record Time
08/05/79 - On Their Way to Keg of Beer
??/??/79 - Lyme Entry Sloshes Home For River Raft Race Win
??/??/79 - River Raft Race Is On Despite Complaints
??/??/79 - "Youthful Offenders"
?7/??/79 - Merchant Tells Selectman Of Worries About Raft Race
??/??/79 - Raft Racers Avoid Village; Riggio Pleased With Results
??/??/79 - River Queens
??/??/79 - River Raft Race Ready
07/27/79 - He Who 'Rafts Last, Rafts Best,' Captain Says
??/??/79 - Raft Race's Key Ingredients: Man, Women and Will Power

1 - Rubber Lips 1
2 - Riverwurst II
3 - Morning Star V

5th Annual Notice
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies 1980 Newspaper Articles Race Results Artifacts
1980 6 Front 1980 Set A
1980 Set B
1980 Set C
1980 Set D
1980 Set E
1980 Set F
1980 Set G
1980 Set H
1980 Set I
1980 Set J
1
2
3

07/26/80 - 6th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/22/80 - Aircrafters Race Rafts
07/28/80 - Sixth Raft Race a Memory Today
08/20/80 - Next Year's Raft Race Will Not End In Essex
08/19/80 - State wants raft race moved to another site
??/??/80 - River Race Fun For Everyone
??/??/80 - Essex Raft Committee To Pay 3 Constables
05/07/80 - "Orderly" River Raft Race Anticipated By Riggio
03/??/80 - Essex Gears Up and Battens Down for Sixth Annual Raft Race
??/??/80 - If It Floats, Enter In The River Raft Race
??/??/80 - 100 Entries Are Due For River Raft Race
??/??/80 - Fat Chance
07/30/80 -
Good Rafting Editorial
??/??/80 - Hodgepodge Floatilla of 95 Compete In 6th Connecticut River Raft Race
07/30/80 - Rafters Break Record In 6th Annual Race - 1 of 4
07/30/80 - Rafts were outfitted with stereos, torpedos, and bathrooms - 2 of 4
07/30/80 - Rafts were outfitted with stereos, torpedos, and bathrooms - 3 of 4
07/30/80 - Essex Officials Pleased With Race Organization - 4 of 4
??/??/80 - Lets Elliminate The Raft Race
08/06/80 - Raft Race Elicits Complaints; Officials' Reports Are Good
08/06/80 - Raft Race Could Be Closed To Spectators

1 - Last Chance
2 - Spread Eagle
3 - Rubber Lips
4 - Titantic
5 - Wet Dream VI
6 -
7 - Morning Star VI

Pink Oar
Award

River Queens VI

Mark Twain
Award

Coke Float

Space Raft
Award

Wulb-N'Kcus II

The Aft
Award

Youthful Offenders

River Queen VI
Pink Oar Award 1
Pink Oar Award 2

Morning Star VI
Crew List

Morning Star
1975-1980
Crew List

Invitation
from Delaware
Raft Race

1981 7 Front 1981 Set A 1
2
3

08/01/81 - 7th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

01/??/81 - Coast Guard Orders Raft Race Moved Up River
02/04/81 - River Raft Race Is Up The Creek Without A Site
04/02/81 - Raft Race Plans Advance; New Date Set
05/07/81 - Great Raft Race Is On! Haddam To Be Finish Line
06/10/81 - Raft Race Gets Permit For August 1 Event
06/12/81 - Coast Guard Set to Approve Raft Race
??/??/81 - River Raft Race Is a Happening
08/02/81 - frolicking aplenty
08/28/81 - River Race Leaves Good Will in its Wake

Last Chance Racecourse Flag
Morning Star VII Logo
1982 8 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/82 - 8th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

??/??/82 - Crafty Rafters Engaging In High-Seas High Jinks

No Corporation 1
2
3
1983 9 Front-A
Rear-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/83 - 9th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/05/83 - 100 Rafts in Connecticut River Race
08/08/83 - New Norelco Raft River Race Winner
08/08/83 - Some happy rafters who guided their boat

1 - Norelco America
2 - No Corporation
3 - ?

Admiral Cup 1
Admiral Cup 2
1984 10 Front-A
Rear-A
Rear-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/84 - 10th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/22/84 - River Raft Race A Test of Ingenuity
07/24/84 - River Raft Race Is Set Saturday
07/28/84 - Avast, Rafts!
07/30/84 - Raft Race Finish seen By Hundreds

1 - Norelco America
2 - River Queen
3 - Intrepid
4 - Michelob Light
5 - Millennium Buzzard
6 - Phantom II
7 - Wet Dream X


Pink Oar Award
Seven Stars
1
2
3
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
1985 11 Front-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/85 - 11th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/02/85 - River Rafters Gathering For Saturday's Showdown
08/04/85 - Rafters Enjoy Riotous Race on River
08/05/85 - Six Drivers Are Charged As They Leave Raft Race
08/13/85 - They peddled, paddled and sailed the river
??/??/85 - The crew of the EB Exterminator


Outer Limits Award
1 - Norelco America
Cruising Class Award
1 - Wet Dream XI
2 - EB Exterminator

1
2
3
1986 12 Front-A
Rear-A
Front-B
Rear-B
Rear-C
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/86 - 12th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/29/86 - This old party gurl is still going strong at 80
08/01/86 - Rafters Tune Up for Annual River Race
08/04/86 - They Find the Fun Is Getting There
08/04/86 - Norelco Rafters River Champs
08/04/86 - Norelco Rafters Again River Champs
??/??/86 - River Queens gear up to paddle to near victory
08/11/86 - Moodus rafts
08/11/86 - The spirit of the race
08/12/86 - Connecticut River Raft Race


Outer Limits Award
1 - Norelco America
2 - EB Exterminator
3 - River Queen
4 - Terminator
Cruising Class Award
1 - Wet Dream XII

Chairman's Award 1
Chairman's Award 2
Chairman's Award 3
Chairman's Award 4
Chairman's Award 5
1987 13 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
EB Exterminator 1
2
3
1988 14 Front-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/88 - 14th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/23/88 - The Connecticut River Raft Race Set for next weekend, event promises a good time
07/27/88 - Women Rafters New Grandmother Class Entry
07/31/88 - Rafters set sail for fun, charity
08/01/88 - Annual River Raft Race Attracts 79 Homemade Crafts


1 - Raft USA
2 - EB Exterminator
3 - Triceratops
4 - Norelco New Management
Pink Oar Award
Norelco New Management

1
2
3
1989 15 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

07/29/89 - 15th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/31/89 - Ideal Weather Provides a Perfect Setting for Raft Race

Triceratops 1
2
3
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
1990 16 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet 1
2
3
1991 17 Front-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet 1
2
3
1992 18 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3

??/??/92 - 18th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/07/92 - Spish, splash Raft race is just for fun

Lee Jet 1
2
3
1993 19 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet 1
2
3
1994 20 Front
Back
1
2
3
1
2
3

08/06/94 - 20th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

05/23/94 - A safe raft race

Millennium Buzzard 1
2
3
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
1995 21 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet 1
2
3
1996 22 Front Bill, Malcolm, Otto
1
2
3

07/27/96 - 22th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/28/96 - River raft race features a stately drift

Triceratops 1
2
3
1997 23 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3
Nick Schade Lee Jet 1
2
3
1998 24 Front 1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet 1
2
3
1999 25 Front 1999 Race Day Pictures 1
2
3
1999 Post Race News Letter Triceratops 1
2
3
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
2000 26 Front 2000 Race Day Pictures 1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet
2000 Race Results
1
2
3
2001 27 Front 2001 Race Day Pictures
Creating Little Willie 2001
1
2
3
1
2
3
Triceratops
2001 Race Results
1
2
3
2002 28 Front Otto, Malcolm
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet
2002 Race Results
1
2
3
2003 29 Rear 2003 Race Day Pictures
Building Little Willie Pedal Stations
1
2
3

08/02/03 - 29th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/01/03 - Rafters To Float Through Area for Annual River Race
08/03/03 - Floating For Fun

Lee Jet
2003 Race Results
1
2
3
2004 30 Front 2004 Race Day Pictures 1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet
2004 Race Results
1
2
3
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
2005 31 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
Back-B
2005 Race Day Pictures 1
2
3

08/09/05 - Simplified 'Net orders get patent
Ken Fischburg was the Chairman of The Connecticut River Raft Race

Lee Jet
2005 Race Results
1
2
3
2006 32 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
Back-B
At The Start
On The Racecourse
At The Finish
1
2
3

07/29/06 – 32nd Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

07/29/06 - The Boat Floats, So Now It’s Time To Race
The North End Action Team

Triceratops
2006 Race Results
2006 Rulebook Cover
2007 33 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
Back-B
At The Start
On The Racecourse
At The Finish
Little Willie 2007 Race Video

08/04/07 – 33rd Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/01/07 - River Raft Race Remains Afloat
08/03/07 - Kids Set To Make A Splash In River Raft Race
08/05/07 - Little Willie Proves Up To Task In Raft Race
The North End Action Team

Drinkasaurus Becks
2007 Race Results
2007 Rulebook Cover
2008 34 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
Back-B

Grilling Contest
Saturday's Festivities
Awards
Millenium Buzzard Voyage
Millenium Buzzard Voyage The North End Action Team Millenium Buzzard
2008 Race Results
2008 Rulebook Cover
2009 35 Front-A
Back-A
Front-B
Back-B
35th Pictures by Ed
35th Pictures by Sandy
The Captains' Meeting
Legendary Sweeper Rafts
Raft Race Pictures A
Raft Race Pictures B
Raft Race Pictures C
2009 Raft Race Video Clips

08/01/09 – 35th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race

08/01/09 - Connecticut River Raft Race Returns
The North End Action Team

Millenium Buzzard
2009 Race Results
2009 Rulebook Cover
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
2010 36 Front
Back
Flickr Group for the Connecticut River Raft Race
blazer8696 - CRRR 2010 pictures
Bernadette's 2010 Race Photos

CRRR 2011 - a set on Flickr
The Captains' Meeting
Raft Race Pictures 1
Raft Race Pictures 2
Raft Race Pictures 3
Raft Race Pictures 4
Raft Race Pictures 5
Raft Race Pictures 6
Raft Race Pictures 7
Raft Race Pictures 8
Raft Race Pictures 9
Raft Race Pictures 10
Raft Race Pictures 11
Millenium Buzzard anthem, 2010
The calm before the storm, 2010
Race anthem and cannon, 2010
Knotty Gurl in action, 2010
Millenium Buzzard finish, 2010
2010 Raft Race Video Clips
Some Raft Race history by Kim Knotty Gurl
2010 Race Results
2010 Rulebook Cover
2011 37 Front
Back
blazer8696 - CRRR 2011 pictures
crazydave757- CRRR 2011 pictures
crazydave757 - CRRR 2011 movie
Pre-Race Video, 09/05/11
Little Willie finish, 2011
Lin Lee in action, 2011
1
2
3
Knotty Gurl

2011 Race Results
2011 Rulebook Cover
2012 38 Front
Back
blazer8696 - CRRR 2012 - finish pictures
blazer8696 - CRRR 2012 pictures
1
2
3
1
2
3
Knotty Gurl
2012 Race Results
2012 Rulebook Cover
2013 39 Front
Back
Tricia
River Queen X
Head Stroker
1
2
3
1
2
3
Lee Jet
2013 Race Results
2013 Rulebook Cover
2014 40 Front
Back
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Mullenium Buzzard
2014 Race Results
2014 Results Text
2014 Rulebook Cover
Year Event T-Shirt Photos Movies Print Race Results Artifacts
2015 41 Front
Back
1
2
3
1
2
3
Riverside Marina - Raft Race Link Mullenium Buzzard
2015 Race Results
2015 Rulebook Cover
2016 42 Front
Back
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
Millenium Triceratops
2016 Race Results
1
2
3