DERBY'S annual day of madness and mayhem lived up to its well-deserved reputation as 270 rafters in 10 races fought each other, flinging flour and water bombs and the odd stray paddle on their way down the Ringarooma River.
The Derby is the showcase event at the Dorset-wide North East Rivers Festival and is as much about participation as winning.
Organisations to field teams this year included Boag's Brewery, Metro and the Dorset Council.
Russell's Raiders, under the leadership of festival director Lynden Russell, claimed their sixth successive Super-Multi title.
The Raiders led from start to finish, despite losing two crew at the start, Mr Russell included, and taking the time to ensure the safety of a rival crew member.
"But we only passed one of the open- multi crews this year," Mr Russell said.
About 3000 spectators crammed along the riverbank to cheer competitors on and throw the odd flour or water bomb.
"We couldn't have had a better day for it," Mr Russell said.
"There were a few less rafts in the open-multi [minimum of six crew] and super-multi [minimum of 12 crew] this year, which was a bit disappointing, but that was more than made up for in the other classes where entries were up.
"The rapids were fun this year - when the water's lower, like this year, the rapids are a lot more interesting."
Mr Russell said that news of the event had even reached the UK and Britain's national broadcaster was there to film the races and participate in a couple.
The festival ends today with the Bridport Fun Run, from 9am, and the Legerwood Hill Climb, from 11am.