HMS Elite cruises into Newhaven!

Newhaven Chamber #OuseDay Raft Race 2017
Well done to the crew of HMS Elite for completing their epic voyage down the Ouse on Sunday 9th July in the 42nd Annual Raft Race, organised by Lewis and District Round Table.  Well done to the crew and sponsors:

Elite Industries
Parker Building Supplies
Expanded Polystyrene Supplies
Smith Metals
Meeching Estate Agents
The Sussex Sign Company
UTC Harbourside
Basepoint Centres Ltd
Fundraising Auctions
Newhaven Fort
Serena May
Seaford Chamber of Commerce
Peacehaven Town Council
Newhaven Museum
Newhaven Town Council

The theme of the event this year was “Rule Britannia?” with all the crew dressed in it’s honour complete with a figurehead Britannia, the female personification of the British Isles, who has been a popular figure since the 1st century, when she was first depicted as a goddess!

HMS Elite was propelled by her motley crew – Gary Walsh, Paul Boswell, Mike Shorer, Jim Gilchrist, Norman Mayhew and Annie Lorys. Gary Walsh, from Elite Industries, kindly made the raft for the chamber of commerce. HMS Elite came in a hard earned joint nineteenth with the race winning raft from Newhaven’s UTC@harbourside – congratulations to them! A full list of the results, and the hilarious boat names, can be view at

Rafts were met at Newhaven by crowds lining the riverbanks and the swing bridge and a vibrant range of stalls along West Quay with toe tapping music provided by Earthquake drummers and Nicki Day.

View more photos here

For those that didn’t make the day, please support our fundraisng page for the Sea Cadets! there’s still time to donate and help us raise money for the local Sea Cadets. So far, at time of writing, the chamber has raised a stirling £765.00.

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