The First Raft Race. 1986

The Mississippi Paddle Steamer.


Gordon Mackay

Doug Sheal

Martin Daley

Gordon Andrews

Jim Gardner

Jim Stewart

In the days before political correctness, the Lodge made it’s maiden voyage in the Ythan Raft Race.

Result: The Winner of the Most Attractive Raft


1986 saw Lodge St Olaf make it’s first tentative steps towards Raft Race History, the 8 man crew could not have known that their first successful outing would claim  the first of 10 major awards for creative design. Year by year the entries became increasingly more elaborate but many still remember the joy of winning that very first time in what by comparative standards was a pretty simple construction.