Ocean Village Marina hosts seventh annual Charity Cardboard Boat Race

Last weekend, Ocean Village Marina played host to the seventh edition of Gibraltar’s Charity Cardboard Boat Race. According to the marina, organiser William Tilley Lodge RAOB, managed to pull off another memorable event for competitors and spectators alike.

Emilia Hazell-Smith, marketing executive from Ocean Village Marina said, “It’s always a treat to see crowds packed into the marina, jostling for the best vantage point on Leisure Island and the pontoons, and the genuine family-friendly atmosphere that surrounds this now iconic event. 

“With races for children and adults, prizes and pride are at stake, and the effort that goes into boat and costume design never ceases to impress us. The sky may not have been as blue as previous years but unlike many participants, spirits weren’t dampened and local charities will benefit from this fun fundraiser.”

Following tradition, the event began on Saturday 22nd August with a showcase of all competing crafts at Casemates Square, where judges made decisions on design and fancy dress, as well as ensuring the vessels adhered to strict rules that include the banning of plastic, wood and foam.

The winner of the noon children’s race was ‘The Sinking Slice’ from Pizzeria Plaza, which knocked JP Haulage Jrs into second spot, picking up prizes including In2Adventures SUP vouchers, SMART cap and beach towel from Gedime Motors, and a mini speaker and ice cream tokens from OV Express in the process. The Pizzeria Plaza adult team also claimed victory in the very same boat, ‘The Sinking Slice’, and walked away with a La Sala Gibraltar voucher. 

Miss Gibraltar 2015, Hannah Bado was on hand to give out prizes with the event sponsored by La Sala, Brunos, The Cuban, O’Reilly’s, Gedime Motors, Ocean Village Express, In2adventures, Pizza Express, Burger King, Dusk, Casino Admiral, Music Corner, Aphrodite Beauty and Silver Star Shine.

All proceeds from the day went to Diabetes Gibraltar, Calpe House, The Scouts Association and GBC Open Day.

For more information, visit Ocean Village Marina

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