In West Germany, the first raft race along the River Rhine, staged by thirteen teams of British enthusiasts, ended on Monday (29 August).
In West Germany, the first raft race along the River Rhine, staged by thirteen teams of British enthusiasts, ended on Monday (29 August). The six-day race along 130 miles of the river was held to raise money for charity.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the teams in the race were made up of British army and airforce personnel serving in West Germany. They set off a week ago (August 23) from Mannheim on the marathon event which was aplite into five stages with rest periods in between each section.
The rafts had all been home-made by the members of the teams. There were nine army entries, two from the Royal Air Force and one made up of servicemen's children from Munster. The only civilian team came from Solihull, near Birmingham in England.
No engines were allowed - but sails were hoisted when a breeze blew up.
Both British and German firms had sponsored the event which has a target of 5,000 (8,600 U.S. dollars) to go towards a holiday hostel for handicapped children in Solihull and charities in West Germany.
The civilian challenger, Titanic the Sixth, sported a pirate's skull and crossbones flags. Titanic's team had already raised 2,000 (3,440 U.S. dollars) with a sponsored raft race in England to buy a minibus for handicapped children.
At the finish in Bonn it was a team from RAF Gutersloh in West Germany which won the race with a time of 24 hours followed by RAF Wildenrath who completed the course in 25 hours and 21 minutes. Two army teams came in third and fourth, while the civilian from Solihull made a good showing with fifth place.