Quinta do Lago, Algarve Raft Race 2023

The Quinta do Lago, Algarve Raft Race – Sunday 24th September 2023

Time: 11am – 6pm

Location: The Lake, Casa do Lago, Quinta do Lago

Huge thank you to everyone to participated & spectated in the Quinta do Lago Algarve Raft Race 2023!
Our winners were:
Paddle Board Race:
Best Effort in the Race – Mark
3rd Place – Toby
2nd Place – Sean
Winner – Seb
Junior Raft Race:
Best Effort in the Race – Vila Sol Golf Academy 4
3rd Place – Dobro Duplo
2nd Place – Vila Sol Academy 2
Winners – Murtagh’s Muckers 2
Senior Raft Race:
4th Place – Magnie
3rd Place – Joint winners – Murtagh’s Muckers 2
2nd Place – Pink Lightening on Crafty McRafty 2.0
Winners – Curly Jesus Payne Speed Raft
Other Prizes:
Best Designed Raft – Lazer x
Best Decorated Raft – Magnie
Best Flag / Name – Pink Lightening on Crafty McRafty 2.0
Best Support – Dobro Wing

Best Effort in the Race – Sinking me Slowly & Titanic

Thanks again to all our sponsors & prize givers for making the event an amazing success – see you at the 2024 Algarve Raft Race!
Here are some pictures from the 2023 event!

Following the huge success of the second Algarve Raft Race, we are delighted to be bringing an even bigger & better event this year!

For a safer, fun filled day we are holding the event on the Lake at Quinta do Lago, which means this year we will have: The PADDLE BOARD Race, JUNIOR Raft Race & the SENIOR Raft Race.

The event is guaranteed fun for everyone – so keep an eye out for more event details & the amazing prizes you can win, and of course start thinking of how you will build your rafts!  Entries are now open so be sure to get signed up early.

This year we will have food and drinks available at the event, making it a even better fun day out.

Want to be more involved?  Then ask us about our Sponsorship opportunites by contacting: shebangpr@icloud.com

Chosen Charity 2023
We are delighted to announce that the chosen Charity for this year’s @algarveraftrace will be Quinta do Lago’s charity @apatris21
The Algarve Trisomy 21 Carriers Association was created by a group of parents and education professionals, with the aim of responding to the lack of information and support for families with individuals with Trisomy 21 in the Algarve. The objectives of this Association are based on the global integration of people with Trisomy 21, focusing on their education and professional training, with the ultimate aim being their personal fulfilment, autonomy and integration into society.
The association was constituted by public deed in March 2000.
It has had the status of a private institution of social solidarity and public utility since January 2004.
What is Trisomy 21?

Trisomy 21, also known as Mongolism and Down Syndrome, is a genetic disease that results from the presence of a supernumerary chromosome 21 (three chromosomes instead of the usual two). This disease is always characterized by mental deficiency, which may be associated with other anomalies, namely cardiology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, stomatology and others. Intervention in mental disabilities is essentially based on the provision of medical, educational and social care from an interdisciplinary perspective, always including the participation of the family. However, the degree of mental disability varies from individual to individual, and may perform some professional activity in adulthood.

This association, in order to achieve its objectives, needs various types of support, both pecuniary and human. If you share this ideal, your financial or other contribution will be well received and demonstrate a spirit of great generosity and altruism.

We would ask you to help us support this amazing charity by getting involved in the Raft Race and making donations on the day. You can get more information by visiting: www.apatris21.org
Once again our compare for the event will be DJ Mark Sebastian from Soul Spectrum UK – His new Radio station lets you listen to non stop Soul, Jazz & Funk around the world!  Listen live daily on www.soulspectrum.uk

Our prize giving & post event entertainment will once again be provided by the fantastic Luke Britton.  Check out his music on www.facebook.com/lukemusicbritton 

Some raft ideas & photos from last years event!

Great prizes to be won!


We are delighted to have Odyssey Yacht Charters are our 1st Prize sponsors for this year’s race, which is a sunset cruise for up to 10 people!  You can find out about all the various trips they offer on their website: https://algarve-luxury-yacht-charter.com 

2nd Prize this year is Parasailing for 4 people with Vilamoura Water sports Center in Vilamoura.  See all the activities you can enjoy on their website: https://www.watersportsvilamoura.com/

Prizes from AlgarExperience!

Benagil Caves & Coastline (2px): 3h

Dolphins & Benagil Caves (2px)-Catamaran: until 2h30

In 2006, AlgarExperience was born out of the passion of its founders for the sea and nautical activities. Based in Albufeira Marina, Algarve, Portugal, AlgarExperience is the leading maritime tourism company in Portugal.

Our mission is to promote happiness experiences that stablish a connection with nature. We are proud to be distinguished by our professionalism, personalized services and the quality we provide to our customers.

Trips to the Benagil Caves and Coastline, Dolphin Watching, Beach Barbecues, Parasailing, Kayaks, Water Sports and Private Boat Rentals are some of the experiences we have to offer. Equipped with a modern fleet of catamarans, speedboats for nautical and private sports, several support boats, the AlgarExperience fleet is also available for corporate and group events, such as weddings, team buildings, birthdays, brand activations, among others.  Visit them at www.algarexperience.com or via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/algarexperience/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/algarexperience
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/algarexperience—enjoy-the-sea/

Thank you to our sponsors:

Our main sponsors of the 2023 Algarve Raft Race:


An incomparable destination, Quinta do Lago is located in the Algarve, in the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. In a safe and peaceful environment, internationally renowned golf courses – including Campo Sul, which recently reopened after an investment of 7 million euros – surround real estate opportunities of exceptional quality, sublime restaurants, an elite multi-sports center, a sandy beach golden landscape and an inspiring natural setting. A unique resort, which invites you to enjoy an active lifestyle, nestled in the unique beauty of Portugal’s south coast.  Visit their website: www.quintadolago.com

We are delighted to have The Spectrum IFA Group Portugal as our Gold sponsors at this years event.

They are the only Chartered Financial Planners and Tax Advisers in Portugal, are locally based and have over 35 years of expertise in providing cross-border advice to expatriates.

A note from the team in Portugal:

“Each client has a unique plan for their future and our role is to create and provide bespoke solutions for expatriates and their families through a broad range of services and structures. We aim to give you the confidence and financial peace of mind to enjoy your new life in Europe.”

Please contact them to arrange a no fee, no obligation, introductory meeting or call.

Mark Quinn BA ATT APFS
Debrah Broadfield LLB LLM ATT APFS
Office: +351 289 355 316
E: portugal@spectrum-ifa.com

WATTSHOT is the name of the first and thus far only gin shot on the market. There is hardly a more ingenious idea to enjoy gin properly.
WATTSHOT invigorates the senses with its liveliness and electrifies body and mind. From the first sip, this gin shot promises a sensual adventure – an electric feeling that begins in the mouth and then spreads to the entire body.

Let WATTSHOT electrify you and experience an unprecedented taste adventure of pleasure and pure passion.

WATTSHOT, combining joyful consumption with a world of sophistication – was created by master taste-maker Stuart Logan. WATTSHOT is the product of desire to invigorate the Gin market with something innovative and fresh, inspired by childhood memories. The idea was born in 2012 and then brought to market in 2021. This was the time it took to create the perfect blend of distilled Gin, using just 8 botanicals and only natural ingredients. WATTSHOT was created out of a passion of 3 things. To engage in a category that was peaking whilst diversifying the way people drink Gin. To be disruptive in an overcrowded market place and lastly my passion for Flavour and Gin.  Make sure & try it at this year’s Algavre Raft Race! For more information visit their website www.wattshot.club
The Campus is a state-of-the-art performance and innovation environment enjoyed by athletes, teams and sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
Their premier multi-sports hub of active living welcomes you to enjoy a lifestyle of health, fitness and wellness.
With a high performance gym, tennis and padel courts, swimming pool, cycling, group classes and personal training, recovery suites and sports rehabilitation.
The Campus is dedicated to delivering elite sport to all, whatever their level.
Visit The Campus to find out more information on all the facilities they provide www.thecampusqdl.com 
We are delighted to share the great news that @therockbar_algarverock will be selling their amazing craft beers at this year’s @algarveraftrace! Throughout the day you can sample and enjoy the various beers they distill here in the Algarve.
In their own words:
Craft Beer from the Algarve
“We are a modern craft brewery situated in the Algarve producing the beers we love, full of flavour and character. We are at that perfect size for craft – big enough to have all of the latest equipment to perfect our brews but small enough to care! We are master brewers and we care about every drop of beer. If it’s not good enough for us to drink then it’s not good enough for us to sell.”
Only the best ingredients:
We use only the finest ingredients sourced both locally and internationally to bring you modern craft beer flavours brewed in the traditional way. We are blessed with high quality water in the Algarve which is the bedrock of our beer. Brewed by a team with a real passion for great beer, Algarve Rock is here to put Portuguese Craft Beer on the map!
Modern Brewery. Traditional Taste:
We are blending traditional brewing methods with modern styles to ensure you always get our great beer in its best condition. We love our beer and we want you to drink it and enjoy it as much at home as our enthusiastic team do in the brewery itself, but equally please feel free to come and visit us at our tap room and chat about our favourite subject….. yes you guessed it… Great beer!
Enjoy it @algarveraftrace 2023!
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