Photo courtesy of Jimmy Legere via the I survived Non-Mariners Raft Up 2007 group on facebook
It is hard to imagine that anywhere else in the world there could be a party much like the non-mariner’s race of Bermuda. A day of fun in the sun, grabbing whatever you can throw together to stay afloat, possibly join in on the non-mariner’s race, attend a concert on the water and get your drink on. Certainly a Bermy original.
This year’s non-mariner’s race was quite a great time. Though our boat got off a bit later than planned, it was incredible to watch while we cruised in for no matter which direction you looked there were boats all converging on the same spot. Though late, it couldn’t be said that we didn’t make an entrance as our boat swiftly maneuvered it’s way among many little boats to make it’s way to a prime spot in front of the stage.
Is there anywhere else in the world you’ll find a stage made out of a barge, surrounded by hundreds of boats and the pit area consisting of ridiculous numbers of people floating on inner-tubes, lie-lows, noodles, jet skis, small boats and just about anything that can float.
Raft your boat up alongside another. Grab a drink or two, throw yourself overboard and it’s a swim towards the stage as you watch numerous local acts up and playing, including our own home grown international sensation Collie Buddz.
What a day.