The Non-Mariners Water Raft-Up

Now the biggest water raft-up party of the year, Non-Mariners began as a race. While Bermuda takes its legacy of sailing quite seriously, the Non-Mariners Race flipped convention upside-down for the sake of humour and entertainment.

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Non-Mariners Water Raft Up

Instead of aiming to win, the goal was to lose in the most spectacular fashion possible. Barely seaworthy “non-vessels”, were slapped together with any and every type of building material, including an antique bed, a refrigerator and a cello case. The winner is the boat that sinks fastest – a true “non-race”. While boats were sinking, Bermuda’s quirky and creative sense of humour rose to the surface.

The "race" was cancelled by organisers in 2018, but the event has grown to mean so much more than seafaring satire. The island’s population will flood to Mangrove Bay in Sandys Parish to see off the Cup Match holiday in style.


So, what happens during this uncommon event? Practically every boat registered on the island anchors out on Mangrove Bay to take part. Sail, row, float or swim your way into the action – you’ll see sights you’ve never seen (and likely won't see again).

A group of kids are paddling on a small boat.


Want to get on the water and experience this spectacle for yourself? Get tickets for ÜberVida’s cruise. ÜberVida’s slick yacht departs at 10 am from Front Street in the City of Hamilton and cruises up to the calm waters of Mangrove Bay, arriving early to jockey for a central spot in the raft up, where you can see all the action.

Making the deal even sweeter, you’ll enjoy an open bar, all-day catering, international DJs and some of the most fun people you’ll ever meet. 



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