Totnes Raft Race

Sunday 4th October 2020

Will the Totnes Raft Race run in 2020?


The answer at the moment is “we don’t know”. We do know that, under the regulations and guidance which came into effect on 4th July we would not be allowed to run the event. There is a total ban on gatherings of more than 30 people and groups of more than six people from different households cannot mix even outside. There is also the need to maintain 1 metre plus for social distancing.


We will decide on 6th August when we may know whether there is to be a further relaxation of the lockdown rules.

Watch this space for the details and in the meantime keep safe!

The Totnes Raft Race, known as ‘The River Dart Struggle ‘ is scheduled for Sunday, 4th October 2020. It takes place along the river Dart starting at Dart Bridge,
Buckfastleigh, and on through a mixture of white water, fast flowing weirs and calm stretches, and makes its way down to the finish in Totnes, a distance of some 13 Kilometres. This is acknowledged as one of the great river challenges and 
2017 saw 51 rafts entered. This is an ideal corporate or group team building exercise,
but with a difference, each team must make their own raft out of a restricted list of approved materials. Crews between 2 to 10 people per raft, all male, all female or mixed, over the age of 18, can take part in an exciting struggle to the finish.

Check out the pictures from the 2019 raft race in the gallery


You can register your interest below

When you are ready to enter you can download the entry pack here:

Or you can enter online below

Totnes Raft Race
The South West of England premier white water raft event
Dart Bridge Road,
Dart Bridge Rd, Buckfastleigh TQ11, UK

Trophies Up For Grabs

Fastest male or mixed crew with 2,4,6,8, or 10 people
Fastest female crew with 2,4,6,8, or 10 people
Best fancy dress crew in each class
Crew which raises the most sponsorship and crew which raises the most sponsorship for Totnes Rotary Charities





Each participant is required to raise a minimum of £40 in sponsorship. This must be paid to Totnes Rotary Club (see ‘how to enter’ ) before the start of the event. If for any reason the event is cancelled £30 will be returned, the remaining £10 being used to cover organising costs.


You are encouraged to raise additional sponsorship for charities supported by The Rotary Club of Totnes or your own preferred charity. For Totnes Rotary, supporters can donate via Virgin Money Giving or in cash. Cash donations can be gift-aided and there is a form at the back of the entry pack that entrants can use. Additional sponsorship monies must be paid by 1 November 2020. If you are supporting another charity, please contact them for details of how to donate. Please tell us by 1 November how much you have raised for your charity.



We would love to hear from you.

Please contact us using the contact form  here

 Rotary Club of Totnes Charity Number 293236 

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