2022 Raft Race Winners

Anything That Floats
1st Place –Party Time – Captain Dean Martin
2nd Place – Crayon Express – Captain Kevin Dickson
3rd Place - Black Duck – Captain Mike Miller

Paddle Raft Race
1st Place - New Bern’s Bravest – Captain Allen Howard
2nd Place – The Bone Grafter – Captain Brian Yaeck
3rd Place – The MOEN River Monsters - Captain Emily Abner

Pedal Raft Race
1st Place – Moondog’s Revenge – Captain Ray Wiley
2nd Place - Queen Anne’s Revenge – Captain Mike Willoughby
3rd Place – Team Shop Class – Captain Ron Saulnier

Classic Raft Race
1st Place – Lickety Split – Captain Jimmy Watts
2nd Place – Ole Yeller – Captain Gary Sanders
3rd Place – Pulp Paddlers – Captain Natalie Laux

Edward Teach Youth Sailing Association Race
1st Place– Howard Maye & Chase Fidgeon
2nd Place – Graham Foster & Aidan Hansen
3rd Place – Emma Glenn & Marshal Hinkley

Just For Fun Awards

Broken Paddle Award- Queen Anne’s Revenge
Best Costume of the day Award – Crayon Express
Most Creative – The Black Duck
People’s Choice Award – Ole Yeller

The Great Trent River Raft Race is Back!

June 18, 2022 at Union Point Park, New Bern, NC

Get ready for the Raft Race in 2022.
Set your calendar for June 18, 2022, and watch the website for updates in the coming weeks!

Watch Our Raft Race Videos

Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness

We are excited to announce that we will have members of Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness taking mermaids to new heights with outdoor aerial performances at this year's Raft Race!

Marz Aerial GTRRR Instagram Post 1 Large

The Pirates of the Loose Cannon Company

The Pirates are planning to return this year for even more fun.

This is the Motley Tones Band

The Mid-Atlantic's Premiere Purveyors of Music+Mayhem


Event Sponsors

Raft Race Logo - Zaytoun-Raines
CarolinaEast_PEDIATRICS_FullColor (002)

Our Raft Race Judges


Our judges for 2022, Sheriff Chip Hughes (Craven County), Caroline Nelson (Pirate Judge),
and Chief Patrick Gallagher (New Bern Police Department)

A Day of Family Fun

Fun for all the family on and off the water!

Bring On Your Raft Designs!

Gather family and friends to build a prize-winning raft!

Win Your Event Category...

And create history on the Trent River!


Event Information

Coming to New Bern NC on  Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Help us launch this year's event and make it the biggest of the season! We are looking for sponsors at all levels.

We had great attendance in 2019 and we’re expecting this year to be bigger still – Join us on event day as a vendor.


The Great Trent River Raft Race is back AGAIN!

In the 70’s and early 80’s there was an event….an event that drew thousands to the shores of the Trent River to watch a spectacle like no other. Hundreds of participants built homemade rafts and raced in The Great Trent River Raft Race

A couple of decades later the race is back!

June 2018 saw the successful return of the race to New Bern NC – folks from all over the State grabbed their paddle boards, jumped on their kayaks, built paddle and pedal rafts and got together with friends for a fantastic day of fun on the water!

The great news is…..we’re back – AGAIN for 2022!

Join the Fun - Design It, Build It, Race It!

Thanks To Our 2022 Event Sponsors!

Captain Presenting Sponsors

Thank You To Zaytoun-Raines - Our Event Title Sponsor!


Thank You To Kid Zone & Entertainment Sponsor

CarolinaEast_PEDIATRICS_FullColor (002)

Thank You To First Mate – 3rd Level

Chem36 (1)

Thank You To Our Media Sponsors!

New Bern Good News 2 (1)


Scroll to Top