Spectator Information


2022 Schedule Will Be Updated Soon!

Saturday, June 18, 2022 – The Great Trent River Raft Race 

10:00 a.m.   Park opens to the Public
10:00 a.m.   Pirates will take over Union Point Park from land & sea
10:45 a.m.   WELCOME from the Main Stage

Start/Finish line is at the Gazebo – Race path is down Neuse River circle around at Persimmons back to Trent River (under the bridge), circle at the train trestle and head back to Union Point Gazebo 

11:00 a.m.   Anything That Floats Race -  Pirates will fire the Cannon to start the race
12:00 a.m.   Paddle Raft Race – Pirates will fire the Cannon to start the race
12:30 p.m.   Pirates vs Kids Water Fight at the Pirate Encampment
1:00 p.m.     Pedal Raft Race – Pirates will fire the Cannon to start the race
2:00 p.m.    Classic Raft Race – Pirates will fire the Cannon to start the race
2:30 p.m.    Pirate Land/Sea Battle at the conclusion of Classic Race
2:30 p.m.    Captain Randall will move in and take the winning raft as prize
2:30 p.m.    Pirate Land Crew will open fire to repel Captain Randall & save winning Classic Raft
3:00 p.m.   Pirate Boarding Party Demonstration (Crowd Participation)
4:00 pm.    Awards Ceremony

Pirate After Party at Camp and Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant & Bar 

Our Judges

Sheriff Chip Hughes, Craven County
Sheriff Chris Davis, Pamlico County
Chief Patrick Gallagher, City of New Bern Police


Note! Kid's Zone activities are for kids aged 12 and under!

We are encouraging families to bring small tents (no larger than 12 x 12) canopies or umbrellas t along with chairs and make a day of it with us.

Space is limited and first come first serve so get there early.  We will NOT reserve space for spectators!

Please Note! No coolers, backpacks, or weapons will be allowed into Union Point Park. No food or drink can be brought into the park.

We encourage you to support the many food and beverage vendors that will be on hand for the event. Lawn chairs, blankets, strollers, and small umbrellas are all allowed in the park.


If you're traveling to our event from outside of New Bern, why not spend a couple of days in town! We have many great lodging options for any budget.

Check out Visit New Bern for a list of lodging options.

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