Boat race, local fun with a serious side.

The 10th Anniversary of the RAOB & Ocean Village Charity Cardboard Boat Race achieved a record turnout last weekend, with 28 boats the biggest entry ever, taking part. The event was action-packed with nail biting finishes and spectacular sinkings. Acquarius consultant Frankie Hatton was Master of Ceremonies for the 3rd year running and by all accounts the day went “swimmingly”.

The winners of the Junior’s Race, O’Reillys Unicorns, also wowed the judges with their rainbow unicorn outfits, winning prizes for first place and best fancy dress.
U-mee came second in the Junior Race with their black and pink boat “Speed of Light” and managed a respectable fourth place for the Adult’s Race. The only coming apart right at the end of it’s second run, well built by U-mee.
The Adult’s race was won by “Raptor”, a bright yellow boat constructed by Nathan Lima and friends, who also won the new Buffalo Challenge for “Most in the Boat” cramming 15 members of the public into their boat.
PriceWaterhouseCooper glided into second place with their inspired business casual boat “PWSea” dressed in business casual attire; suit jackets and bright coloured shorts, complete with a laptop.
Maroc-Atlas 4×4 came in third place with their huge black cardboard Landrover, aptly named “The Beast”.
Best Boat Design went to Morrisons for their green and yellow Hawaii-style boat “Morrilicious” complete with outrigger for support.

Best Fancy Dress, Marks and Spencer stayed true to their slogan, and ‘spent their Saturday well’ with their boat “Sparky” – their team’s sparkly outfits complete with shimmering gold hula skirts and goldpainted faces pipped everyone else to the post.

There were some brilliant boats that must have taken weeks to put together, the themes and the tech being apparent and sometimes failing.The incredibly detailed Barmy Armistice “Big Bertha” tank by the Buffalos, a large Biplane model from the No 2 Overseas Sqn Air Cadets, “Big Mack” a huge replica of the Mack Truck from popular Pixar movie, Cars 3 and the Bio-Boat from Gibraltar Botanic Gardens complete with intricate tissue paper fl o w e r s. Special mentions go to the majestic “Sea Lion” from MSC Lions which looked like a serious contender alas not and “Kindred Spirits” from Kindred Group for their Game of Thrones themed boat and fancy dress.

Emilia Hazell-Smith, Events and Social Media Executive for Ocean Village said: “The Annual RAOB Charity Cardboard Boat Race is always a fantastic summers day out at Ocean Village and it’s so exciting to see all the handmade boats with each team investing many hours of work into their creations.Every year the race gets bigger, and we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, especially U-mee, Kindred Group, Gedime Motors, SCSI, Ibex Insurance and Saccone and Speed, participants and volunteers from the R.A.O.B for making this happen and In2Adventures, the Gibraltar Canoeing Association and HM Customs who offered water rides and activities for this year’s charities, GBC Open Day and the Gibraltar Cardiac Association”.

This event was attended by Minsters John Cortes and Stephen Linares, Miss Gibraltar 2018 Star Farrugia, and her princesses Lilly Gomez and Jennifer Munoz, as well as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, who brought along their very own pink R2D2 and a Darth Maul.

I’m seriously thinking next year maybe the Acquarius Trust Group could enter …..?