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"The weather dried up," said organiser Daniel Goldsworthy. "We started early because everybody was getting wet and cold. As we started off the weather fined up, the wind dropped and it was really good.
Image 1 of 16: Plumber Dan Raft Race on Whanganui River which was part of Vintage Weekend. Monday, January 21, 2019 Whanganui Chronicle photograph by Bevan Conley.
"Good competition, good race, good innovative rafts. I do like the one with the barbecue on the front of the raft, it was very good. A lot of effort gets put into these rafts. Thunderbird 3 - the girls there put a lot of effort into theirs."
Goldsworthy admitted numbers were down on the previous year's race because people were still away on holiday.
"It's usually a month later but because of the Caboodle weekend people wanted it this weekend ... but it will be bigger next year and a bit later on."
The winner was a team called Iron Alley, led by Todd Edmonds.
"Good day, great day," said Edmonds. "Bit wet to start with ... but yeah it was good fun."
"The top designer from KZ 7 put a lot of time and effort into drawing this plan up," Edmonds said of their team raft. "Bit of technology in there. Made with a bit of pride from Ali Arc [Industries]. A great win - back to back!"
The team won $300 but said they would donate that back to Diabetes NZ.
Caleb McGregor was on the boat powered by bicycles and spent his time on the river turning sausages.
"I cooked 10 sossies on the raft," he said.
At the finish line McGregor had leftover sausages and started an impromptu sausage sizzle with a small line of kids hungrily waiting.
"The race was really fun," he said. "Our raft was a little bit slower than last year but you know, we'll make more modifications."