Ocean Village http://oceanvillage.gi Ocean Village Gibraltar Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:53:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Ocean Village to feature Gibraltar’s first open-air ice rink http://oceanvillage.gi/ocean-village-feature-gibraltars-first-open-air-ice-rink/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:51:13 +0000 http://oceanvillage.gi/?p=6142 22nd November 2016   Something very special is coming to Ocean Village this Christmas… We have asked some of Santa’s finest elves to help us ...

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22nd November 2016

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Something very special is coming to Ocean Village this Christmas… We have asked some of Santa’s finest elves to help us prepare for our merriest Christmas event yet. Presenting our Arctic Ocean Village, with Gibraltar’s first ever open air ice rink, Christmas Fair and other snowy surprises!

Festive celebrations will start on the 30th November with Choir Singing from Prior Park School and a family event hosted by Belle from Beauty & the Beast, accompanied by her two Disney Princess friends, Snow White and Rapunzel.

Come join our princesses as we dance and sing in preparation for the arrival of Marshal from Paw Patrol and….Santa Claus!

The countdown to Christmas will officially start with the switching on lights ceremony at 6.30pm and the Christmas Market will run from 28th-30th November. Pick up a sweet treat, try some traditional Christmas cakes, crepes or mince pies, warm yourself with a cup of spicy mulled wine or delicious hot chocolate and pick up the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones.

Santa will be in his Grotto from 7pm onwards on the 28th November and from 5-8pm on the 29th and 30th November. Call now on 20040048 to book your appointment with Santa!  Entry to the Grotto is £5 in aid of RICCs. Each child will receive a present and while you’re waiting to see Santa, why not get your little one’s face painted for free?

Children and parents will be able to take a spin on the ice from the evening of the 28th December until the 12th December. Tickets for the Ice Rink will be on sale as from 23rd November at Wagamama and The Cuban. Entry to the Ice Rink is £4 per child and £5 per adult with £1 towards GBC Open Day.

The 60m2 ice rink is sponsored by Casais Group and will be the first of its kind in Gibraltar. Ice skates are provided – standard sizes from child size 28 to adult male UK size 11.5. Come and enjoy a Christmas event like never before… at our Arctic Ocean Village!

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Marina Festival makes a splash at Ocean Village http://oceanvillage.gi/marina-festival-makes-splash-ocean-village/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:38:52 +0000 http://oceanvillage.gi/?p=6075 Now in its 8th year, the now infamous Ocean Village/RAOB Charity Cardboard Boat Race took place at Ocean Village Marina on Saturday 20th August at ...

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Now in its 8th year, the now infamous Ocean Village/RAOB Charity Cardboard Boat Race took place at Ocean Village Marina on Saturday 20th August at midday and with the temperature topping out at 32 degrees, many participants welcomed a refreshing dip in the marina waters when several of their cardboard boat creations, as expected, fell apart at the first hurdle.

The fantastically creative Children’s race entries “Killer Shark”, “Killer Croc” and the “Batmobile” all paddled their way to the finish line in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively, and won the following prizes: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding for 4 people from In2adventures, £40 voucher at Pizza Express and a family-sized pizza at Pizzeria Plaza. Each child’s entry was also awarded a £10 voucher for Burger King for their effort and participation.

The adult’s race had an impressive 10 entries, each more innovative than the last – which made judging a slightly difficult affair. RAOB’s “HMS Buffalo” – a cardboard tank-boat complete with turrets and team camouflage outfits – paddled their way to victory in first place and the £50 voucher at Little Bay Bar and Indian Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of cava. They were closely followed by JP Haulage in their Simpsons themed car-boat who won a VIP table for 4 at Dusk Nightclub, and “Boat-Anic”, suitably adorned with tropical plants from the Alameda Gardens, who were awarded a £40 wagamama voucher and wagamama cookbook full of authentic recipes and a DVD to show exactly how to make each popular dish.

The children’s race prize for Best Boat Design, 2 tickets for the Dolphin Adventure Safari, was won by “Batmobile” for their lifelike Batman creation.

Similarly, the prize for Best Boat Design for the senior’s race, Sunday Lunch for 2 at the Sunborn Gibraltar, was awarded to the Gibraltar Air Cadets for their aeroplane-boat complete with miniature torpedoes.

The Titanic Sinking prize was awarded to “St. Bernadette Heroes”, whose cardboard creation sank in the most spectacular fashion, but they were soon cheered up with a voucher for a 3 course meal at Bruno’s.

A special prize also was awarded to Clubhouse Gibraltar for the significant effort that had been made by the volunteers in the construction of their lifeboat inspired boat. They went on to scoop a Casino Admiral dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

As every year, the restaurants and bars around Ocean Village sponsored the Charity Cardboard Boat Race event generously with prizes ranging from £50 meal vouchers, a cookbook and a bottle of cava! A huge thank you to all of our other sponsors as well: Global Events Management (GEM), XEM, House of Bounce, Ibex Insurance, Chris Borge Design & Polkadot.

On Saturday, the day’s Marina Festival activities after the Cardboard Boat Race (which finished at around 1pm) included kayaking courtesy of Wilson Kayak Rentals, HM Customs boat rides, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) from In2Adventures, Thundercat boat experience by GEM and a bouncy castle from House of Bounce, with a DJ spinning summery tunes until 5.30pm. On Sunday 21st, the Marina Festival continued at 1pm with Water Zorb balls, speed boat rides, kayaking and bouncy castle.

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Emilia Hazell-Smith, Marketing Executive at Ocean Village said: “The Charity Cardboard Boat Race is always fun to watch and be a part of; it is such a vibrant atmosphere. It’s exciting to see the lengths that the participants go to and the effort that is demonstrated each year. As always, we would like to thank all of our sponsors in and around Ocean Village who each give generously to this event in aid of this year’s charity: Autism Support Gibraltar. On this occasion, we decided to do something a little different and the Marina Festival weekend’s various water sport activities were welcomed by both locals and tourists alike, with a percentage of the proceeds going to GBC Open Day.”

Don’t forget, the Cardboard Boat Race and corresponding Marina Festival will be held every year, so make some space in your diary in August and come down to Ocean Village Gibraltar next year for the most fun you can have on or IN the water!OV CBR August 2016_1

(Photo Credit: Vivid Mood Creative Design)

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Gibraltar’s ultimate success story: Ocean Village http://oceanvillage.gi/gibraltars-ultimate-success-story-ocean-village/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:06:54 +0000 http://oceanvillage.gi/?p=1487 OCEAN Village is arguably Gibraltar’s ultimate contemporary success story and this year looks to be one of the most exciting yet for the mixed use ...

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OCEAN Village is arguably Gibraltar’s ultimate contemporary success story and this year looks to be one of the most exciting yet for the mixed use resort.

It all kicks off with the Gibraltar carnival this week, hosted at Ocean Village on February 20 and 21.

The carnival spirit will be positively tangible, with Cuban and Latin music, fancy dress and masquerade parties to see the adults through until late on Friday night/Saturday morning.

However, Saturday 21 is all about families. The activities start at 12pm and continue until 5pm, with a fancy dress competition for kids, face painting, a photo booth, fun fair games, a bouncy castle and rodeo bull, gladiator dueling and dancing, just to name a few of the activities planned for the day.

The rest of the year looks to be just as exciting with product launches and charity fun runs in the planning stages.

We can’t mention too much, but safe to say watch this space!

Of course, Ocean Village will also be hosting the annual Cardboard Boat Race (usually taking place at the end of August to the beginning of September) offering fun and excitement for all the family and to the spectators of this fantastically popular event.

This year has also seen the launch of ‘What’s On at Ocean Village’, a monthly marketing initiative which can be found online which details special offers and promotions from the restaurants, bars and shops – as well as upcoming events.

With its distinctive blue glass-clad residential towers, Ocean Village is Gibraltar’s ‘shop, eat, drink, play’ destination, offering everything to those who want to work hard and play hard and is located only 10 minutes walk from the border.

There is a wide array of venues, including Asian Fusion, Indian and Cuban restaurants as well as popular favourites, such as Pizza Express, a variety of bars, clubs and cafes, plus Gibraltar’s only casino – and all located within the busy marina.

For your day-to-day needs, there is also an estate agent, beauty salons, a specialist boutique, insurance and a convenience store, to name but a few!

Ocean Village Marina and neighbouring Marina Bay cater for even the largest of superyachts and 2014 saw the official launch of the highly-anticipated Sunborn Yacht Hotel. The 189-room five-star hotel boasts a swimming pool, sun decks, a spa and fitness centre, cocktail bar, fine dining and top-floor restaurants, a grand ballroom and conference area for 500 people.

In July 2014, the developers of Ocean Village began work on the construction of the World Trade Center, located minutes away from Ocean Village, and completion is expected Spring 2016. Demand has been high with over 60% already sold or let and a further 20% under negotiation.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what is happening in Ocean Village during 2015 – check out  Ocean Village on Facebook for more information on upcoming events, special offers and promotions.

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All Systems Go For World Trade Center Gibraltar http://oceanvillage.gi/systems-go-world-trade-center-gibraltar/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:29:01 +0000 http://oceanvillage.gi/?p=1196 Following an agreement with the Government of Gibraltar announced this week, the £45m, World Trade Center Gibraltar project is expected to break ground in the ...

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Following an agreement with the Government of Gibraltar announced this week, the £45m, World Trade Center Gibraltar project is expected to break ground in the first half of 2014 and be ready for occupation by the end of 2015.

Delivering a world-class working environment in what will be the largest single office building on the Rock at 15,464m², World Trade Center Gibraltar (WTCG) will be intrinsic to the next phase of Gibraltar’s economic growth.  The project’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Pete Burgess, said, “It will put Gibraltar even more firmly on the world business map and provide local enterprises with the opportunity to promote themselves across the globe through the World Trade Center Association which operates on every continent.”

“World Trade Center Gibraltar will become a trusted partner for companies in Gibraltar and offer space to businesses of all sizes, from one man start-ups to major corporates, helping them to profitably manage growth,” continues Pete.  “It will be the perfect entry point to the territory for new companies that wish to take advantage of Gibraltar’s well-known corporate tax benefits as well as providing bespoke, completely flexible, prestigious solutions for those businesses that are already here.”

“Businesses locate to World Trade Centers across the globe because they know they will get premium quality accommodation and service at the world’s signature corporate address.  That is why World Trade Center is home to some of the world’s biggest brands such as Apple, MasterCard and J.P.Morgan.  In fact, the majority of the world’s top 500 corporations have an office in a World Trade Center.”

The developer also believes that the project will act as a catalyst for attracting digital businesses to Gibraltar by being the only office development in the territory connected directly to the new Europe-India undersea fibre-optic cable which gives 100GB bandwidth and data transfer speeds of 3.2TB per second.  This will allow trading on the major stock exchanges in milliseconds, vital for companies dedicated to trading stocks and bonds.

“No one locally can compete,” finishes Burgess.  “We’re ideally located just nine minutes from Gibraltar’s new £65m international airport terminal and the border with Spain, four minutes from the town centre and only one minute from the bars and restaurants of Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar’s premier residential and retail development.  It’s little wonder contracts have already been issued to our anchor tenant and negotiations are ongoing for a ‘big five’ accountancy firm and a New York securities trader.”

WTCG will have ground floor parking as well as allocated spaces in a new 500-space multi-storey car park, a 24 hour double-height reception, breakout and relaxation areas for employees and visitors, an international café brand, and a fabulous landscaped tree-filled atrium running the full length of the building.

The project, from the same developer as Ocean Village, is accompanied by the planned construction of nearby short-stay residential accommodation to help alleviate the current shortage, and an additional 900m² of eco-friendly healthy working offices which are already under construction.  The first phase, Trinity House, is at an advanced stage and scheduled for completion within 14 weeks.  Using solid cross-laminated timber from sustainably grown forests, it’s the first nearly carbon-neutral building in Gibraltar.  Delivered cut-to-size from Austria, the process offers the shortest possible construction periods, minimising on-site disruption, without compromising high quality standards.  The new offices have already been pre-let to a private international bank and to a European lottery company, bringing 100 desk-based jobs to the Rock.

Over the last five years Gibraltar’s economy has flourished despite the global economic turmoil. Gibraltar’s GDP is estimated to have grown by 35% with 7.8% in 2012/2013 alone – and is ranked in the top 20 for growth globally.  Shipping, financial services, tourism, and more recently, online gaming (28 e-gaming firms now account for 20% of Gibraltar’s GDP), form the keystones.  Its staunchly British community of 30,000 enjoys a GDP per capita of £41,138 and unemployment is less than 2%.  The 6.8km² territory enjoys a legal system based on UK common law, low business-friendly taxation, no CGT nor VAT, little red tape, EU membership and regulation, OECD White List status, a strategic geographic position, English language, Latin flavour and year-round sunshine.

For more details, contact Pete Burgess on +350 200 74724, or pete@worldtradecenter.gi
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Summertime Kicks off at Ocean Village http://oceanvillage.gi/summertime-kicks-ocean-village/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:11:08 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=1112 The world’s first five-star yacht hotel, Sunborn Gibraltar, is now open for business in Ocean Village. Its curtain-raiser coincided with the official start of European summertime. ...

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The world’s first five-star yacht hotel, Sunborn Gibraltar, is now open for business in Ocean Village.

Its curtain-raiser coincided with the official start of European summertime.

Sandra Lamplough, Marketing Manager for Ocean Village, says, “The opening of Sunborn Gibraltar is perfectly timed for us.

Not only are the promenades of Ocean Village getting busy with footfall en-route to wine, dine and overnight in five-star style, we’re also seeing a number of other projects come to fruition including additional berths, office space, new eateries and bars, and the now customary summer live music programme on Leisure Island.

Channel 5 is deliberating a third series of the documentary Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun which received higher than expected ratings and audiences of up to 1.9 million viewers.”

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Sunborn http://oceanvillage.gi/sunborn/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:36:16 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=285 Luxurious life on the almost-open waves: The five-star floating hotel with 189 rooms and a ballroom coming to Gibraltar • Gibraltar’s Sunborn Yacht Hotel came ...

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Luxurious life on the almost-open waves: The five-star floating hotel with 189 rooms and a ballroom coming to Gibraltar
• Gibraltar’s Sunborn Yacht Hotel came about as the company realised there was demand for a new luxurious hotel but no room to build one on the exclusive peninsular
• 142 metre super yacht will be permanently moored in Gibraltar’s Ocean Village Marina
• The floating hotel is expected to open at the end of this year and is seven storeys tall, has 15,500 metres squared of floor space and will dwarf less super yachts in the marina
• Befitting a five star hotel, the 167 guest rooms, four executive rooms and 18 suites are expected to cost between £200 and £2,000 a night

Images of a giagantic five star floating hotel that will cost around £130 million to build and is designed to provide luxurious accommodation and panoramic sea views in Gibraltar, have been unveiled.
The 142 metre super yacht will be permanently moored in Gibraltar’s Ocean Village Marina, located off the southern tip of Spain, and is expected to open at the end of this year.
The oceanic behemoth boasts 189 rooms, banqueting suites, bars, restaurants, casino, a spa and gym, cocktail lounge, pool, sundeck and even a ballroom.

It will be one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Mediterranean, as suggested by these concept images.
The floating hotel is seven storeys tall and has 15,500 metres squares of floor space and will dwarf less super yachts in the marina.
Befitting a five star hotel, the 167 guest rooms, four executive rooms and 18 suites are expected to cost between £200 and £2,000 a night.
All of them feature wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling panoramic windows and 90 per cent of the rooms have an outdoor area.

Gibraltar’s Sunborn Yacht Hotel came about as the company realised there was demand for a new luxurious hotel but no room to build one on the exclusive peninsular.
The floating hotel is designed to be permanently moored in Gibraltar and will be attached by six strong hydraulic arms, each weighing eight tonnes.
Guests will enter the exclusive hotel through an enclosed glass bridge and Sunborn Gibraltar CEO, Brian Stevendale said that unlike cruise ships, guests will feel as if they are staying on dry land.

He told CNN: ‘It’s intriguing that something so large can literally just be plugged in to a port.’
The concept of a hotel on water was in answer to there being little space on the British territory of Gibraltar, which measures under seven square kilometres.
Monaco and Singapore have similarly thriving economies and a glamorous allure for holiday makers but accommodation and space is limited.

Mr Stevendale said: ‘In Gibraltar there’s a huge demand for hotels, but how do you do it in such a small jurisdiction?’
‘Unlike traditional building — which involves trucks, cranes and a huge amount of disruption — we have a ready built product that can be delivered to these prime areas.’
Further hotels could follow in or places where a land-based development is impractical because a site is environmentally sensitive, has heritage status, or because there is simply no more room to build new hotels.

Despite its over-the-top interior, the company behind the super yacht claims it is eco-friendly compared to building a new hotel on land.
The ship is being constructed in Malaysia and has an engine to take it to its final location at Gibraltar, but because it has the ability to travel, Sunborn said similar yachts could be used at temporary events such as the Olympics or World Cup.
There are plans for similar hotels in London and Barcelona as well as tentative plans for others in North America, South East Asia, the Middle East and Russia.
The Gibraltar vessel is the second floating hotel by the company, which opened the ‘Sunborn Princess’ at Naantali Spa Resort in Finland in 2002.

CONTACT

T: 00350 5800 7761
E:  reservations@sunborngibraltar.com
W: www.sunborngibraltar.com

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Queens Diamond Jubilee Flotilla http://oceanvillage.gi/queens-diamond-jubilee-flotilla/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:35:39 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=281 On Monday 4th June 2012 as part of Gibraltar’s celebration for the Diamond Jubilee over 150 boats set off in formation behind the Port Authority’s ...

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On Monday 4th June 2012 as part of Gibraltar’s celebration for the Diamond Jubilee over 150 boats set off in formation behind the Port Authority’s vessel General Eliott and sailed around Gibraltar from Ocean Village to the Eastern side and back.

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Pickle Arrives in Ocean Village http://oceanvillage.gi/pickle-arrives-in-ocean-village/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:35:03 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=279 PICKLE IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Having spent the winter being transformed from functional sailing ship to comfortable tourist attraction, Schooner Pickle is now ...

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PICKLE IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Having spent the winter being transformed from functional sailing ship to comfortable tourist attraction, Schooner Pickle is now ready to meet her public. The 73ft twin-masted tall ship, a replica of the 1799-built original, welcomed her first guests on Saturday 13 April.

Operator Robin James, who captained HMS Pickle from North Wales to Gibraltar last autumn, has been holed up in Ocean Village marina over the winter getting her shipshape for public inspection. “For the delivery trip from the UK to Gibraltar, we obviously wanted Pickle to be as lightweight and unfussy as possible,” says Robin, “so the hard work started once we were alongside in Ocean Village. Cabins are being removed to create museum space, historical artefacts have been shipped across from the UK and we’ve been painstakingly handcrafting deck tables, benches and awnings for the comfort of our guests. We’re now ready for the 13 April reveal.”

Conducted daily, a talk and guided tour of Schooner Pickle will allow visitors to hear and see what life was like onboard a wooden warship during the Napoleonic wars – braving gales, harsh seas, enemy fire and sharing two or three to a bunk in cramped dim conditions. They’ll hear of Lieutenant Lapenotiere’s endeavours commanding the vessel at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar and how Pickle raced to London to give the King the bittersweet news of Lord Nelson’s death and British victory over the combined Spanish and French fleet. Delivered by experienced and really knowledgeable crew Robin promises the talks and tours will be memorable and meaningful – but fun.

Robin continues, “Pickle will not be an impersonal film set or theme park devoid of authenticity. She won’t be full of signs saying “don’t touch” “stay behind this rope” or “no photos allowed” but instead be utterly hands on. Visitors will be able to see and touch weapons, period navigation equipment and the medical instruments of the time such as a saw resembling one that would have been used to amputate Nelson’s arm after he was hit by a musket ball. Information boards will tell the story and we’ll bring it alive with words and anecdotes.”

Pickle’s operators have also been pleasantly surprised by the demand from the Gibraltar community for private hire. The schooner can accommodate 20 guests fully seated on deck or 30 or more for a standing fork buffet with caterers and a full bar service on offer. Weddings, retirement parties, product launches, photocalls, corporate entertainment and of course children’s birthday parties are all possible and welcome. For the latter, children will be able to rummage through a box of pirate dressing-up clothes, put their face through a cardboard cut-out of Nelson and fire authentic looking replica 1805 water cannons that are currently en-route from China.

Pickle won’t be sailing this summer as repairs are ongoing to the damaged sails and rigging caused by extreme weather conditions in the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay last year. Instead “Instant Decision”, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54 DS operated by Bluesky Charter, will be on hand to take guests, should they wish, to places like Rosia Bay where HMS Victory was towed to after Nelson’s death.

Guided tours of Schooner Pickle will take place daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Tickets are priced £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children with special offers available throughout April (£10 and £5 respectively) and for group bookings. To book online please visit www.schoonerpickle.com

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Festival of the Seas http://oceanvillage.gi/festival-of-the-seas/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:34:30 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=277 Gibraltar’s Festival of the Seas comes to Ocean Village Whether your little one’s fancy hooking up with Captain Jack Sparrow for breakfast or you’re a ...

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Gibraltar’s Festival of the Seas comes to Ocean Village

Whether your little one’s fancy hooking up with Captain Jack Sparrow for breakfast or you’re a serious yachtsman looking to win the Ocean Village Cup in the inaugural Yacht Rally, there is nowhere better to be than Gibraltar’s Ocean Village this May. Packed with land- and water-based fun for all, the Festival of the Seas runs from Saturday 14 May to Sunday 22 May and is quite simply un-missable!

Ros Astengo from the Ocean Village Marketing Team enthuses: “Gibraltar is steeped in nautical history and sea-faring traditions so it’s only fitting that we should celebrate a Festival of the Seas. The whole community is invited to come along and join in the fun and frolics whilst helping to raise a considerable amount of money for local charities. We’re thrilled that so many people are already lending their support. To boot, visitors will also be able to enjoy fantastic offers and discounts courtesy of the new Ocean Village Loyalty Card which we are launching the week of the Festival – so no excuse not to have a great time.”

The Festival kicks off on Saturday 14 May with a skippers’ breakfast and briefing ahead of the exciting Yacht Rally in aid of the GBC Open Day and Rainbow Ward at St Bernard’s Hospital. Leaving Ocean Village at midday, participating sailing yachts will follow a course round the Bay of Gibraltar with some surprise fun activities along the way. With entrance to the Rally priced at just £15 per person to include a meal and two nights’ free berthing for visiting yachts, there are big prizes up for grabs including an £800 yacht toolkit courtesy of Hire-U-Shop. A further Dragon Boat Race will appeal to those with impressive teamwork skills where up to 20 paddlers and one drummer will battle over a 200m course – fancy dress and a carnival spirit is essential.

Whilst Saturday’s Rally’s underway, landlubbers won’t miss out as Ocean Village becomes a hive of Festival activity. Following a welcome from Captain Jack Sparrow, the younger visitors will be let loose on a host of activities from trampolining to a ball pond, arts and crafts to face painting and temporary tattoos. Mini makeovers and a score-a-goal challenge should inspire a battle of the sexes and, regardless who triumphs, Clarence the Clown will be handing out lollipops, balloons and magic tricks to keep everybody happy.

Also on Saturday, children of any age (including those old enough to know better) can water orb across the Marina whilst the Royal Gibraltar Police will offer rides on their high speed RIBs. The competitive juices can flow with a fancy dress contest or perhaps avail yourselves of the Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority’s generosity as they make all their facilities available to include the climbing wall. Later on, the Minister for Culture will be presenting an award for the best outdoor painting whilst keen fishermen will be reeled into the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (GFSA) demonstration. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, take a stroll around the market stalls along the promenade whilst listening to a full programme of live music and entertainment on stage in the sunshine.

Sunday 15 May brings plenty of the same with water orbs and the bouncy castle plus the added treats of a Where’s Wally treasure hunt, discounted dolphin trips, fashion show and diving experience by the lap pool. During the week, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, children can descend on the arts and crafts corner by the Tahiti Hut on Leisure Island where local artist Giorann Henshaw will be holding outdoor painting classes for aspiring young artists. Meanwhile parents can grab the opportunity to take some ‘me’ time browsing the Ocean Village shops or having a bite to eat. Saturday 21 May will gather together an impressive fleet of motors from the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association for a mini Rally around the Rock.

The Festival of the Seas will conclude not on the water but in the skies with some of the world’s best aerobatic pilots putting on a breathtaking show in ultimate high-performance piston aircraft. Having flown well over 300 displays in front of more than 18 million people, there’s little doubt that The Blades Show, brought courtesy of Barclays Wealth and Bwin.party, will round off an incredible Festival with a first-class flourish. To make an afternoon of it, Ipanema are offering a ‘Meal & Show’ deal where diners can be whisked off by coach from the restaurant to Eastern Beach to see the air display – and back again for a cocktail. What better way to end the Festival?

A full programme of activities can be found on the Ocean Village Official Facebook Site. All Festival profits and donations will be made to the GBC Open Day and Rainbow Ward at St Bernard’s Hospital.

*To register for the Yacht Rally on Saturday 14 May contact pieroffice@oceanvillage.gi or telephone 00 350 200 73300. For the Dragon Boat Race contact thesafarishop@gmail.com or telephone 00 34 952 905 082. For general information on the Festival of the Seas contact Jeanette Obytz on info@medweddings.com or call 00 350 580 08355. For more information on The Blades in Gibraltar visit www.theblades.biz. For “Meal & Show” Tickets call Ipanema on 00 350 216 48888 or email info@ipanema-restaurant.com.

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Cardboard Race http://oceanvillage.gi/cardboard-race/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:30:27 +0000 http://oceanvillage.seo77.me/?p=274 The fifth edition of Gibraltar’s Charity Cardboard Boat Race took place in Ocean Village marina on Saturday 24 August and earned itself record-breaking status. Buoyed ...

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The fifth edition of Gibraltar’s Charity Cardboard Boat Race took place in Ocean Village marina on Saturday 24 August and earned itself record-breaking status. Buoyed by the presence of TV cameras from Channel 5 and Gibraltar’s very own GBC, the entrants, and the crowds, came out in force.
Sandra Lamplough, spokesperson for Ocean Village, said, “This year 14 boats took to the water, almost double that of 2012, and spectators had to jostle for space to get a vantage point on the action. Knowing that the cameras were on them, extra effort clearly went into boat building this year with the RAF Junior vessel ‘Titanic’ taking a full five days to construct – although ‘Titanic’ was a bit of a misnomer as it lasted the course unscathed to come third. We also had really authentic Junior and Adult versions of a VW camper van constructed by Interbuild – making fifth and second places in their respective races. The sun shone brightly on a fantastic afternoon of friendly competition – particularly useful for the drenched crews of the four ‘sinkers’.”

Miss Gibraltar 2013, Maroua Kharbouch, who is preparing to jet off to Indonesia for the Miss World pageant at the end of September, was there to start the races and dish out the prizes. With many more sponsors on board this year, there were Shields for Adult and Junior Race winners (O’Reilly’s took both titles, showing once again a great talent for cardboard boat making), Best Fancy Dress (the JP Haulage Romans), Best Boat (RAF Titanic) and the Best Titanic Sinking (Life of Pi). Prizes came courtesy of Janice Hair & Beauty, Gala Casino, Dusk Champagne & Cocktails, Pizza Express, Burger King, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, The Island Restaurant & Lounge and The Cuban. Expert commentary was once again provided by the charismatic Zooney.
Last night, Tuesday 27 August at 8pm, GBC aired its Cardboard Boat Race footage shot directly from the heart of the action – quite literally as their cameraman was in the water at the middle of the 1,000 metre course. Meanwhile Channel 5 captured the event for the second time for their follow-up series of documentary ‘Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun’ which will come to television over the coming months.
The event, organised by the William Tilley Lodge and Global Events Management, raised well over £1000 for charity and proceeds will go to various Gibraltar Sports Associations to aid Junior Development and also the GBC Open Day.

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