Teams of four are invited to enter the RNLI Boat Pull competition on June 26 - Credit: Simon Ellery
Teams of four are invited to enter the RNLI Boat Pull competition on June 26 - Credit: Simon Ellery 

RNLI invite teams to compete in Boat Pull competition

Ami Wyllie
Ami Wyllie

Appledore RNLI is inviting teams of four to enter their 2022 Boat Pull fundraising competition next month.

Taking place on Saturday, June 26 on Westward Ho! beach, teams will be tasked with pulling a 100kg Laser Pico dinghy, complete with a mast and launching trolley, around a course on the beach.

Working together, each team with pull the boat across the sand, around a flag and then back to the finish line, completing a total distance of around 100 metres.

Teams will be battling in the knockout competition to win the coveted Atlantic trophy and bragging rights as champions of the RNLI Appledore Boat Pull competition – two teams will be crowned, one from the ladies’ competition and another from the men’s.

Organisers insist that no level of experience or skill is required to take part in the historic RNLI tradition, but entrants will need to be over 16-years-old and enter as a group of four ladies or men.

The RNLI encourages entries from everyone, but say it is particularly suited to sports clubs, gyms, social clubs and businesses. Entry to the competition - £10 per person, or £40 for a team - must be paid for in advance via Eventbrite.

Roy Broad, the event’s organiser, said: “We are expecting another very busy summer in North Devon this year with lots of visitors and our RNLI crews will be there as always to help save lives at sea.

“Following the success the RNLI Boat Pull last year, where the winning team was Skern Lodge with Team Boaty McBoat Face as close finalists, we are looking forward to an even bigger event this year on the beach at Westward Ho! whatever the weather.

“The Boat Pull is free to attend for visitors from 11:00-14:00 by the slipway at Westward Ho!, with ‘welly wanging’, face painting and competitions for children, plus a BBQ, soft drinks, music and RNLI souvenir shop.”

The competition is organised by Appledore RNLI fundraising guild, sponsored by Atlantic Bathrooms and Kitchens Bideford, with support from the Lifeguards and Kitemare-Surf and Kite Westward Ho!

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