Wednesday, 3 August 2011 10:31 AM
Holidaymakers looking for things to do in Gibraltar early next month can see some memorable sights at the Ocean Village complex, which will host the Cardboard Boat Race 2011 on September 3rd.
Organised by the William Tilley lodge, the event sees dozens of participants attempting to negotiate a 1,000-metre course on homemade craft.
Strict rules state that all boats and oars must be made from corrugated cardboard, which can be layered to any thickness.
Flotation foam and materials such as wood, plastic and fibreglass are strictly banned, meaning entrants have to use plenty of ingenuity to ensure their vessels stay afloat.
In previous years, the event has featured dragon boats, cartoon cars, pirate ships and other colourful creations.
Participants will receive trophies for finishing in first, second or third place in the adult and children's races, while prizes for the best boat and the most spectacular sinking will also be up for grabs.
All money raised from the event will go to the GBC Open Day and Down's Syndrome Support Group.
Ros Astengo from Ocean Village said: "We've had plenty of enquiries about the Cardboard Boat Race for some months now so we're anticipating a fantastic turnout.
"In a society dominated by screen time, both TV and computer, it's refreshing to see the return of some good old-fashioned, unbeatable family fun."
The races are free to watch for spectators and will get underway at midday.
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