A beautiful summers day last Saturday in Ocean Village marina saw an amazing selection of cardboard boats take to the water for the Annual RAOB Charity Cardboard Boat Race.
The atmosphere in Ocean Village resort was buzzing as the huge crowd clamoured to watch the action and to cheer on the contestants. Radio Gibraltar held an outside broadcast keeping everyone updated on the action and the race was compered by the inimitable Frankie Hatton.

The panel of esteemed judges included Minister for Sport, Culture, Heritage and Youth, Stephen Linares, Commander of the British Forces, Tim Henry, Peter Christie, MD of SCSI, Miss Gibraltar Celine Bolaños, 1st Princess Janice Sampere, 2nd Princess Jyza Balban and special guest Mrs Europe Giovanca Afzan.

Over 18 stunning cardboard creations, many which took several months to build, battled it out in the marina waters.
The Children’s Race was won by a spectacular Viking boat and they also won best Children’s Fancy Dress!
Stand-out boat designs from the Seniors were the Landrover Defender from A.M Cappuro who won Best Boat Design, Batman from JP Haulage, complete with cardboard comic design fighting bubbles, and the “Morrisippi” Steam-Roller from Morrison’s, complete with a 20’s style flapper outfit and captains outfit for the rowers.
“Morrisippi” steamed into first place in the Adults Race, just ahead of Batman by JP Haulage who won 2nd place and Best Fancy Dress!

“Bruno’s Shipping Line” tanker unfortunately sank in the middle of the race, winning the Best Titanic Sinking award!

Special mention should also be given to Gib Sams charity who entered a creative green boat emblazoned with their telephone number to raise awareness for their cause and the Gibraltar No2 Air Cadets Sqn who wowed the crowd with “Tornado” a Fighter aircraft, turned cardboard boat!

The race was joined for another year by the 501st Legion who entertained the crowd with their Star Wars characters, some coming from as far as the north of Spain. The crowds absolutely loved the Stormtroopers who took photos for donations to the two chosen charities, Clubhouse Gibraltar and GBC Open Day.

After the races were finished and to raise even more money for charity, additional marina-related activities were offered. Ocean Village offered boat rides on their marina office RHIB, HMS Customs were on hand offering trips around the bay on their boat and some fantastic zorbing balls were available giving the sensation of walking on water!

Emilia Hazell-Smith, Marketing & Events for Ocean Village said: “It’s really amazing to see the effort and time spent on all the cardboard boats, and this year was no different! It’s something that’s really fantastic to see, when the local community gets together for the day and has the most fun in aid of such important causes, and we already can’t wait for next year!


Junior Race
Best Boat – Tornado / No.2 Air Cadet Sqn
Best Fancy Dress – Jami /the Vikings
3rd Little Rockers / Little Rock Cafe
2nd The Tornado / No.2 Overseas Air Cadets
1st Jami / Monica’s Vikings

Senior Race
Best Boat – Defender / AM Capurro
Best Fancy Dress – JP Haulage / Batman
3rd Gracie-Lou / Humphries
2nd JP Haulage /Batman
1st Morrisippi / Morrisons

Most Dramatic Sinking – Bruno’s / 2B