Cardboard boat race raises more money for charity than ever before

Some very impressive entries for the Cardboard Boat Race.
Some very impressive entries for the Cardboard Boat Race. / RAOB
  • This fun event, which is now in its tenth year, raised over seven thousand pounds which will be donated to two worthy causes

This year's cardboard boat race, which took place as usual in Ocean Village, has broken all records in terms of takings with a massive £7,757.74 which will be donated equally to the Gibraltar Cardiac Association and the GBC Open Day Appeal.

The event, which is great fun for those taking part and spectators alike, is organised every year by the RAOB and is one of the most popular in the summer . David Gibbins, the event organiser, was quite overwhelmed by this year's success.

"We would sincerely like to thank the team at Ocean Village for their hard work on this, the 10th anniversary of the race being held here, also our fabulous sponsors, the spectacular 501st Legion, all of the local businesses who donated so generously to the raffle and race prizes, every single team who entered their wonderful boats and last but by no means least, the thousands who turned out on the day to watch the days fun," she said in a statement issued this week.

"With 28 boats in total on the day, this was by far the biggest boat race ever and we anticipate it will only get bigger year-on-year, so we encourage all those thinking of participating next year to start preparing early - preparation is the key to success! I would like to thank the small crew of volunteers from the William Tilley Lodge, friends and family plus some of the local Air Cadets who helped out on the day and made it such an efficiently and safely organised event."

In partnership with Ocean Village Marina, the cardboard boat race is sponsored by U-Mee & Kindred group, along with Gedime Motors, Ibex Insurance, SCSI and Saccone & Speed.