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EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa Enters Race with Bamboo Raft

2nd December 2013

EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa (EPB SA) used a bamboo raft to participate in the local “Anything that floats” contest. The contest aims to raise awareness and funds for the local branch of the National Search and Rescue Institute (NSRI).

The contest is a one-kilometer race down the Kowie River from the ski boat club to the Barmuda bar. Participants can enter the race with any watercraft of their own design—as long as the floatation device does not contain any boat material.

EPB SA constructed its bamboo raft out of bamboo culms with tractor tubes attached to provide extra flotation. EPB SA staff Samantha Wilde, Herman Meiring, and Andy Lin used a forkpick covered in plastic to successfully steer EPB’s bamboo raft down the racecourse.

Barmuda won the race by floating down the Kowie Rover in a bathtub. Other entrants used a variety of devices to navigate the course—flotation devices as diverse as tires and picnic tables traversed the course. Several of EPB SA’s suppliers also participated in the race; for example, Raincatchers floated down the river using its “rain catching” gutters.

The proceeds from the 100 Rand entrance fee will support the NSRI’s local search and rescue activities. The race took place in Port Alfred, South Africa, on 30 November 2013.

More details about the event are available on its Facebook page. 

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