Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race

Our Annual Raft Race from Lewes to Newhaven

was on Sunday 7th September 2014


2014 Results

1st Place – Team Brewers – “Drifter” – 1 hrs 52 mins

2nd Place – Intersport, Lewes – “Sweet Success” – 2 hrs   8 mins

3rd Place – The Willy Wonkas – “Chocolate Factory” – 2 hrs 13 mins

4th Place – Chris Hatcher & Son – “The Lady Loves” – 2 hrs 18 mins

5th Place – Tom Clark & Crew – “Kit-Kat-Amaran” – 2 hrs 22 mins

6th Place – Isfield & Little Horsted – “Yellow Peril” –  2 hrs 39 mins



Fastest Time – Team Brewers

Best Dressed / Decorated – Willy Wonka’s

Best Named Raft – Tom Clark & Crew – “Kit-Kat-Amaran”

Most Devious Means – Isfield & Little Horstead Bonfire Society


For some great pictures and a taste of what it was like please visit:


These images are courtesy of Alex Harrison.

All original photos are available in high resolution – for a small donation to Alex’s chosen charity – Wateraid. Please contact Alex Harrison directly on 07983 415 784 or alex@state-it.com



We will be celebrating 40 years of the raft race in 2015.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for early details of next year’s event please contact us via:

lewesraftrace@gmail.com or call the event organiser, Matt Craig on 01273 813093




About the event

This long established event was first staged by Lewes & District Round Table in 1975 and has raised in excess of £500,000 for local good causes. Teams of between 3 and 12 people build and decorate their own raft according to the chosen annual theme and navigate the stretch of the river Ouse between Lewes and Newhaven Marina. Participants are asked to obtain sponsorship to raise funds for their chosen good cause or organisation. Alternatively crews can donate their proceeds to Lewes Round Table, who will then distribute funds to nominated local charities and to other good causes in the district based upon applications for funding received. Prizes are awarded for “Fastest Time”, “Most Devious Means” and “Best Decorated”.



The 2014 Race – Sunday 7th September 2014

The theme this year is ‘Confectionery’ with teams getting into the spirit of things by decorating themselves and their rafts to reflect this.  Due to a lower than anticipated number of entries received to date for the original date, the race has been postponed this year until Sunday 7th September 2014 to allow more time for crews to prepare their crafts. By staging it outside of the school holidays we hope that a larger number of people will be available to enter, refreshed and revitalised from their summer breaks!!

Last minute entries are still being taken. Contact the organiser, Matt Craig on 01273 813093 or  lewesraftrace@gmail.com if interested in entering.  If you still feel  you have “missed the boat” this year, please let us have your contact details so we can keep you informed of plans for next year.

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Team Building

For employers or other organisations considering entering a raft, the race is a great way to engender collaboration and team spirit, promote your organisation, whilst at the same time raising money for good causes – a truly win,win,win solution!

All for a good cause

Over the years many organisations and charities have benefitted from funds raised by the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race including:

  • Help for Heros
  • The Fire Fighters Charity
  • Lewes Oyster Project
  • Firle Bonfire Society
  • Friends of Firle School
  • RNLI
  • Troop Aid
  • Demelza Hospice Care for Children
  • Rocking Horse
  • Glynde & Beddingham Pool
  • Newick Bonfire Society


…to name just a few. Why not add your organisation or nominated charity to this list ?

Sponsorship Packages

We are always pleased to hear from local businesses who would like to sponsor this high profile event and help us offset the the ever increasing costs of staging it.  This allows us to donate more of the money raised on the day to the good causes for which it is intended.

Sponsorship is required to help us cover the costs of:

  • Publicity, signage and advertising
  • Use of event facilities
  • Emergency First Aid and Medical cover
  • Printing of programmes
  • Prizes (usually of the Champagne variety!)
  • Provision of the well earned post-race crew refreshments !


If you are a local business and feel you could provide goods or services in kind in respect of any of the above, or would simply like to support us financially, in return for some publicity for your business, please contact the organiser to discuss a sponsorship package.

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