Ouseday (Raft Race) 2017
To celebrate Ouseday 2017 (Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race) on Sunday 9th July Newhaven hung the flags out.
Before the raft race itself left Lewes, there was a keenly fought race between the Newhaven Gig Rowing Club’s men rowing their Cornish gig Amelie against a team from Lewes all the way down river from Newhaven to Lewes. The exciting finish of the race was incredibly close, with the Newhaven team being just pipped at the post by Lewes. The Newhaven Gig Rowing Club ladies then restored Newhaven’s pride by winning their shorter race – well done to them!
Newhaven’s Town Mayor, Councillor June Dyer, rode the town council raft “Mayor’s Mariners” all the way from Lewes to Newhaven. The theme of the event this year was “Rule Britannia?” and in honour of this, June was dressed as Britannia. The raft was propelled by her intrepid mariners – Susie Mullins, Ruth Durrant, Nicky Still, Kevin Lewry and Nick Tipper. Nick kindly made the raft for the town council. The Mayor’s Mariners came sixth, beating hot competitors the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce! The winning raft was from Newhaven’s UTC@harbourside – congratulations to them!
Both the rafts and the gigs were met at Newhaven by crowds lining the riverbanks and the swing bridge and a vibrant range of stalls along West Quay with toe tapping music provided by Earthquake drummers and Nicki Day. This was a lovely family summer day out for local residents.
Here are some photos of the day – and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you can see a lovely video of the day made for the town council by George Taylor.