Thrills and spills at city’s canal basin

The team,  How to Train a Dragon.  (1408231AM1)
The team, How to Train a Dragon. (1408231AM1)

This year’s Great Ripon Raft Race proved the experts don’t always know best when the US Navy team from Menwith Hill had the dubious honour of winning the In the Drink award – given to the the team who sank the most.

The day of fun at the city’s canal basin on Saturday was full of thrills and spills with organisers Scuba Diving for All raising more than £2,000 towards their work with people of all ages who have physical and learning difficulties.

Trevor White, from the group, said: “It was a good day with lots of fun with good all round entertainment for everybody.”

As well as raft and bath racing and swan pedalo rides on the water, there was also fun on dry land with a bouncy castle, book stall, refreshments including a barbecue and face-painting. Winning the raft race was the Loadhog team from Sheffield whose The bullet raft completed the course in 3m 28s – twice as fast as some entrants. Runners-up were the How to Train Your Dragon team from Ripon and in third place The Evans family. The best-decorated prize went to How to Train Your Dragon, the most entertaining award wnt to The A-Team from Ripon, while a new prize –the Mother Mo Trophy, in memory of Scuba Diving for All fund raising stalwart Maureen Sutton who died earlier this year – went to Elizabeth Hemmingway for her racing on the swan pedalos.