The sound of rhythmic sawing, hammers clanging and muffled cursing from sheds and garages all around Bute can mean only one thing - the clock is ticking down to the annual Rothesay Bay Raft Race.
This year’s event - now firmly fixed as a favourite in the island’s summer calendar after its reintroduction a few years ago - takes place on Sunday, August 9. So if you haven’t started building your raft yet, with only five weeks to go there’s no time to lose!
Last year’s event featured six teams, including entries from Bute Fabrics, Bute County Cricket Club, Achievement Bute and others, and hopes are high that this year will see even more entrants do battle.
If you’d like to enter a raft in this year’s race, contact Lorna Campbell from Isle of Bute Sailing Club on (01700) 502351 or email@example.com. Full details of the rules for the event will be published soon on the IBSC website.