The Gibraltar cardboard boat race. A. B.
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Gibraltar’s famous cardboard boat race returned for the sixth year in a row last Saturday - to raise £1,000 for charity.
Scores of soggy sailors took to the marina for the 1,000-metre course, after spending weeks building the sea-worthy vessels.
A highlight of the Rock’s social calendar since 2009, the race offers prizes for winners, losers and those who have been particularly creative in their boat design and fancy dress costumes.
Winners included The Black Pearl, who won the Junior Race and Best Junior Boat Design, while the team from O’Reilly’s pub won the Adult Race for the fifth year running.
Emilia Hazell-Smith, Marketing Executive at Ocean Village, said: “The enthusiasm and effort on display this year was quite incredible, and a buzz was already building at the pre-event cardboard boat showcase in Casemates Square. With the mercury reading 28 degrees as the boaters hit the water at midday, the crowds were out in force, and I suspect some of the oarsmen were quite pleased when their cardboard creations sunk so they could cool off a bit. HMS Harry was one of the first to escape the heat as it barely got out the blocks before sinking.”
Second Princess of Miss Gibraltar 2014, Claire Nuñez, was on hand to give out prizes, shields and medals, including Best Adult Fancy Dress for JP Haulage’s Mario Cart and the junior accolade for the 3rd Europa Scouts.
Best Titanic Sinking went to Mean Machine 2.
The rules for the competition are simple, the corrugated cardboard can be as thick as you want, but it can’t be coated or made waterproof in any way. This year funds are going to the Prostate Cancer Group and the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation’s (GBC) Open Day, who split the money between several charities.