The 2018 edition of the Raft Race for Charity event organised by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) in collaboration with Global Vision International (GVI) and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) drew an impressive crowd on Saturday 24th November, on the Cap Ternay beach.  19 teams from different organisations and some comprising of friends and family came together in a battle of paddles to raise funds for the President’s Village. The 2018 edition was organised for the first time as part of the STB’s Ocean’s Festival activities and had the highest number of rafts (19) compete since the annual event started 7 years ago.

Participants had to paddle a total of 1.6km from the Cap Ternay beach and back on rafts made from environmentally-friendly and reusable materials. Cap Ternay is part of the Baie Ternay Marine Park, a national park which falls under the jurisdiction of the SNPA. Baie Ternay Marine Park is treasured for its astounding vistas, with pristine seashore fringed by calm turquoise shallows and abundant marine life.

All of the first three rafts to cross the finishing line on Saturday broke the 2017 record time of 34 minutes, a title won by the Ephelia Constance resort in last year’s edition. The Skychef team has set a new challenging record of 27.57 minutes for future races to attempt to break. Second to cross the line was the Ephelia team at 29.53 minutes and in third place was the Cable & Wireless team at 30.27 minutes.

Aside from the first three winners, prizes donated by the SNPA, STB and Skychef were always awarded to the team with the most innovative raft (Cable & Wireless), best costume (Ephelia Security team) and the team which raised the most funds (Island Boys).