Catsfield Boat Race

The Triangle, Catsfield

8th July 2018 will see the running of the 3rd annual Catsfield Boat Race and Family Fun Day
2017 was another great event raising over £3000 for local charities
The race was fantastic with 17 teams of four racing around the village carrying homemade boats.

The Family Fun day was an even greater success than 2016 with loads of events including:
- the children's boat race, which was even more competitive than the adults'!
- a giant assault course, egg throwing, football competition, kids makeup
- pipers and drummers, cannibal drummers, morris dancers and three live bands
- BBQ, beer, Pimms and wine, cream teas, kids tuckshop
We are aiming to make Catsfield Boat Race even bigger and better with more teams, more events, more fun and more money for charity
So please come and join us on 8th July 2018 for a great day out



July 2018

Last call for Catsfield Boat Race entries – Sunday 8th July

The 3rd Catsfield Boat Race and Family Fun Day is fast approaching and we still have spaces for the Boat Race. We’re up to 17 Boats and would really like to get to 20 as we had 17 last year and 16 in 2016 and we’ll have the 1066 Pipers & Drummers playing during the races at The White Hart pub. There will be road closures in place between 11am – 2pm for The Green, Church Road and Church Lane with diversions around the village during this time. We do ask that no cars are parked on the roads during the races so please use the recreation ground.

In addition to the main Race we also have a Children’s Boat Race, which will be at the recreation ground at 3pm. Please contact Poppy at Catsfield PreSchool if you’d like to enter (we only have 50 Boats) -

Following the Boat Race we have a fun-filled afternoon of live music (including Keren Keeler-Moore, Gerri & The Attrix and Astantine. We also have a gymnastics display, karate display, a bbq, licensed bar, giant assault course, bungee run, a Grand Draw (tickets on sale from Catsfield Village Store and on the day) and other activities from 1.30pm to 6pm.

If you’d like to take part in the Boat Race (still only £20 entry if registered before the 6th July) or to help on the day as we still need more Marshalls then please contact Scott Lavocah at This year we are supporting the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and St Laurence Church.

2018 Schedule

9.30 - 10.30amRegistration for teams
10.30amParticipant welcome & Safety Briefing
10.45amJudging for Best Boat Award
11.00amBoat Race Starts - 1066 Pipers open
12.30pmBoat Race Grand Final
13.15pmBoat Race Finish - 1066 Pipers close
13.30pmFamily Fun Day starts
13.30-14.30pmKeren Keeler-Moore
14.30-14.50pmSummerfields Gymnastics display
15.00-15.30pmKid's Boat Race
15.30-16.15pmGerri & The Attrix
16.15-16.35pmCMA Karate Display
16.45-17.00pmAwards Ceremony
17.00-17.15pmGrand Draw

Headline Sponsors

  • Ashdown Hurrey
  • JC Leisure
  • Cooden Clinic
  • William the Concreter

Latest News

Catsfield Horse Race Night - March 10th 2018 7pm - Catsfield Village Hall

Update: we made £500 this year. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us

Early Bird Entry - £20

Until 29th June boat race registrations will benefit from an early-bird price of £5 per person. Thereafter this will increase to £10, so hurry and get your team for 2018 together and registered!

What is the Boat Race?

It's a charity event, where teams run around the triangle created by The Green, Church Lane and Church Road. The runners carry boats (see images below), around the course, which is 1066 metres long.

In 2018 we will be raising money for both the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and St Laurence Church, Catsfield

Last year we raised money for Out of the Blue, Dragonflies and Catsfield Pre-School

In 2016 we raised money for Catsfield C of E School road calming project and St Michael's Hospice

The following article appeared in the Battle Observer in October 2016

Catsfield Triangle Association generously presented the school with a check for £1000 towards the joint school / Parish road calming project. The road outside the school is very dangerous as cars regularly exceed the 30mph speed limit. Two years ago the children decided to investigate how they could reduce the speeding through the village and in particular outside the school. They enlisted the help of the local MP, the Parish Council and even the local newspaper.

Scott Lavocah, Russel Cole, Damian Richards, Mike O’Farrell and Carol Hodgson, all parents of children at the school, set up the Catsfield Triangle Association and held the first Catsfield Boat Race in September. This was immensely successful; from this they very generously donated £1,000 to the School Road Safety Project.

Mrs Sally Clark, Headteacher, said, ‘It is incredibly generous of the Triangle Association to raise this money for us. We are very proud of our links with the village and how this project has really joined the community together. From the children’s point of view, it really has brought learning to life and they now have first-hand knowledge of how everyone working together can take a small idea and make a big difference. It is an example of real citizenship and British Values. It also shows the children how their involvement can be great fun; I know they will be tomorrow's super citizens and wonderful members of whichever community they live in! Coming up with the Boat Race was inspired and is yetanother great example of the very special place Catsfield is. What a great place to live!’

Together with the money raised by the children through their exemplary attitudes to learning and the PTA, the school have raised a total of £4,000 over the past year as their contribution to the Parish Road Safety scheme.

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2016 was the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and a small group of villagers thought Catsfield would benefit from a street event to raise money for village causes. Ninfield has their pram race and carnival, Battle has multiple events, so why not Catsfield? And so, after a couple of research trips to The White Hart, the Catsfield Boat Race was born!

2017 Race Winners (sponsored by Freedom Leisure)

WinnersOut of the Blue
Runners-UpGas Plus Galleon
3rd PlaceNinfield Explorers

Best Boat (sponsored by The White Hart)

WinnersSteam Boat Willie

Best Decorated Children's Boat

WinnerHarriet Baxter

Children's Race Winners

5 & Under6 - 9 years10-11 years
WinnerGus LavocahPoppy NovisBelle O'Farrell

Assault Course Winners

AdultsTony Luke
ChildrenBen Gower

For 2016 winners click here

Team Participation Form

There is a fee of £10 per person to enter a boat. Please feel free to also raise sponsorship for you own charity

Your Details

Download the registration form here

Who is supporting us?

Here is the full list of sponsors that are helpling us

Headline Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next Catsfield Boat Race?

Sunday 8th July 2018

What time do the races start?

The races will start at 11:00a.m.

How can I get involved in the boat races?

If you wish to enter the adult boat race around the village please fill out the "Team Participation Form"

Are there any rules on boat construction?

Your boat must fully enclose the 4 member crew and must resemble a boat. Construction, size and shape are all open to your imagination. The boat should be as light as practical and must have no sharp edges in case the crew falls. Remember: now that Highways have unblocked the drains on Church Road there is NO WATER on this course, so your legs will to poke out of the bottom!!

How long has the Catsfield Boat Race been going?

2016 was the inaugural year of the Catsfield Boat Race. Please come along and help make 2018 an even greater event

Can I get something to eat and drink at the event?

Yes there will be a variety of food and drink stalls available on the day.

Can my company sponsor any of the events?

Of course! Sponsorship is very welcome. Please contact us at for further details.

What if I live on the triangle?

The road closure itself is only 3 hours (11am to 2pm), and we would politely request that any cars parked on these roads are either temporarily moved to the village car park, or if access is needed between these times, parking further up Church Road towards the school would allow you to arrive/leave as desired. Further details of the road closure will be announced shortly, with access to Skinners Lane and The Normanhurst Estate being unaffected.

Still have an enquiry?

Feel free to drop us an email at and we will answer your queries.



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Do you have more Questions?

Please contact us with any questions regarding the event.