Raft-ups are hosted all summer long around the island. Sundays in the summer are known as “boat days” in Bermuda — you can find both locals and visitors alike celebrating another day in paradise with a swizzle in hand because everyone is a friend here when you’re on the water.
But we really go all out for raft-ups during major special events on the island, such as:
The Non-Mariners Raft-Up over Cup Match weekend
The biggest raft-up party of the year, the Non-Mariners began as a race — after all, everybody knows Bermuda takes its sailing very seriously! But over the years, the event became less about winning and more about losing in the most spectacular fashion possible! “Racers” would compete in non-seafaring vessels, including refrigerators, musical instrument cases, and even antique beds. And who would win? Well, whichever vessel sunk the fastest, of course! Eventually, the race portion of the raft-up was quietly retired. Now the party takes center stage, with nearly every boat registered in Bermuda anchoring in Mangrove Bay to join in on the fun.
One of Bermuda’s biggest celebrations simply must include a raft-up! During Carnival, revellers will make their way to Mangrove Bay for an afternoon on the water, complete with music, laughter, and delicious drinks!
A celebration of our island nation’s heritage, Bermuda Day is filled with parades, music, dancing, and, of course, raft-ups! Hundreds of people and dozens of boats celebrate together in our vibrant waters with DJs on deck and sometimes even a floating platform to bring the party to the next level.