Cardboard Boat Race returns to Ocean Village Marina

Offered By Ocean Village & Marina Bay

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (R.A.O.B) and Ocean Village Cardboard Boat Race returned to Ocean Village Marina for its 2022 edition, as 1,000 strong crowd gathered to watch the first event since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Contestants were challenged to build a boat using cardboard and other approved materials, adding their own touches and themes to the designs, and compete in a race around a buoy.

The event raised £4,697.49 which will be split between three important charities: GBC Open Day, St. John’s Ambulance and Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society.

The crowd at Ocean Village Cardboard Boat Race.

The Cardboard Boat Race was judged by Miss Gibraltar 2021 Janice Sampere, Mrs Gibraltar Joely Borda, Jane Wink of Caring for Gibraltar, Matthew Turnock of St. John’s, and Dick Barton of Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society.

First place in the adult’s race was awarded to the Specialist Medical Clinic with their boat ‘A-Blaze’, and the tank-shaped ‘First Blood’ by JP Haulage won both second place and best fancy dress for their Rambo and Col Trautman costumes.

In the junior category, first Place went to ‘Jami’ by Jake and Miley, second place to Straits Services and third place to ‘Sharkey’ by the El Waha crew.

Competitors racing in makeshift boats at Ocean Village Cardboard Boat Race.

The winners were presented with trophies and prizes from various bars, restaurants and local businesses, such as La Sala, The Ivy, The Clipper, Little Bay, Biancas, Kings Bastion Leisure Centre, Thi Vietnamese, The Eatalian, and more.

Emilia Hazell-Smith, events and marketing for Ocean Village, commented, “We are delighted to bring this extremely popular and well-attended event back to Ocean Village Marina after the pandemic and we would like to thank all the participants, crewmates, sponsors, and volunteers that make an event like this possible!”

For more information, visit Ocean Village.


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