Silly Boat Regatta Countdown


In 1984, CHUB Radio organized a fun-filled event to assist the Show You Care Society, a Vancouver-based charity that provided financial aid to children and families needing to travel to the United States to access kidney transplants. When those operations became available locally the Society closed down. CHUB Radio decided to continue with the event and selected the Nanaimo Child Development Centre as the recipient of the funds raised. In 1998, the Nanaimo Child Development Centre became the sole organizers of The Silly Boat Regatta and has continued to grow and raise much-needed funds for the Centre every year.

The Silly Boat Regatta is recognized as one of Nanaimo's premier events with over 8,000+ participants and spectators and over 150 volunteers. Breaking the $100,000 goal in 2008 and raising over $110,000 in 2018 it is no question this event is the largest community fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre with a number of local businesses sponsors leading the way. What makes this memorable and free family event successful every year is the staff, volunteers and community members who help make it happen! The funds raised go directly toward helping provide programs, services and equipment to children with identified special needs.

Help the Nanaimo Child Development Centre reduce the wait list and bring immediate services to children – mark the Silly Boat Regatta as a must do - being held July 14, 2019!


  1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
First to Finish Peter & Greg Blacker Harewood Mall Woodgrove Centre TIE: CKEG Radio & Happy Homes Insulation Dorchester Hotel
First to Sink Millers Landing Harbour City Lions White Spot NRS Block Bros. Woodgrove Centre
Silliest Boat Nanaimo Dive Club (waterbed) Chamber of Commerce Tourism Nanaimo Rutherford Mall Harmac Engineers
Super Silliest Sailors N/A N/A Nanaimo City Centre Association Nanaimo City Centre Association Coast Bastion Hotel
Most Pledges Woodgrove Centre Harbour Park Mall Nanaimo City Centre Association Nanaimo City Centre Association Nanaimo City Centre Association


  1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
First to Finish Coast Bastion Inn Woodgrove Centre Gray Beverages Woodgrove Centre Coast Bastion Trio
First to Sink Woodgrove Centre CHUB Dorchester Hotel Save the Strait Coast Bastion Explorers
Silliest Boat Blazing Bloomers Harewood Bunny Power Woodgrove Centre Western Supplies The Stone Heads
Super Silliest Sailors Dorchester Hotel Wingren Carpets London Drugs London Drugs Nanaimo Credit Union Vikings
Most Pledges BC Hydro BC Hydro BC Hydro Western Supplies BC Hydro


  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
First to Finish AC Taxi – “A Sea Taxi” AC Taxi – “A Sea Taxi” Anchorage Marina Team Duct Tape AC Taxi
First to Sink Hong Kong Bank No Sinkers! Hong Kong Bank – Loonie Tunes TD Canada Trust Starbucks - Woodgrove
Silliest Boat   McDonald’s “McRafters” McDonald’s Ronald’s Revenge   Finning Wet Cats
Super Silliest Sailors Nanaimo Credit Union – “Village People” Nanaimo Credit Union “Romans” Fraternal Order of Eagles   Team Duct Tape
Most Pledges - Corporate BC Hydro BC Hydro     BC Ferries
Most Pledges - Family/Community       Schulz Family Schulz Family


  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
First to Finish Team Duct Tape The Wave/The Wolf BC Hydro TIE: Island Savings & Country Club Mall Nanaimo News Bulletin
First to Sink RMH Teleservices Palace Pirates BC Hydro Pioneers West Marine Great Canadian Casino
Silliest Boat HRDC Noodles Schulz Family Salvation Army Hire A Student Hire A Student
Super Silliest Sailors Dawes Family Dawes Family NRGH Diagnostic Imaging NRGH Diagnostic Imaging Crimson Coast Dance Society
Team Spirit Massy Family Nanaimo Clippers Booster Club VisionArts Eyecare Centre The Keg Bortolotto & Associates
Most Pledges - Corporate McDonald’s Walmart Canem Systems Canem Systems Canem Systems
Most Pledges - Family/Community Schulz Family Child Development Centre Schulz Family West Marine NRGH Medical Imaging


  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
First to Finish Canem Systems – Canem Lightning Dreamations Video Productions VIEX KrazyKountry Critters VIEX KrazyKountry Critters Child Development Centre
First to Sink Dreamations Video Productions Great Canadian Casino McElhanney Engineers & Surveyors Carmichael Enterprises Royal LePage Realty
Silliest Boat Clay Tree Society VisionArts Eyecare Centre Long Lake Chiropractic Mid Island Co-Op Casino Nanaimo
Super Silliest Sailors Queens Hotel ET Family Church Royal Bank Buccaneer Inn Curves –Glamazons
Silliest Costumes         (New) Swimwear Etc.
Team Spirit RONA - Lantzville RBC –Money Buckets ET Family Church Royal Bank VIU – Child & Youth Care
Most Pledges - Corporate Bortolotto & Associates Slegg Lumber/Lantzville Pub Team Shark Tales Long Lake Chiropractic Long Lake Chiropractic
Most Pledges - Community ET Family Church ET Family Church Nanaimo CDC ET Family Church ET Family Church
Most Pledges - Family Serabi Sailors Rubber Rebels Mommy Mafia Mommy Mafia Manny & Friends
Grand Champion   Kiyo Salon & Day Spa VIEX VIEX Superette Foods


  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
First to Finish RBC Huong Lan Restaurant (1:43:41) Landlubber Pub (1:08:00) Generations Church (2:40) Superette Foods
First to Sink Curves - Bowen Rd. Vision Arts Eye Care Colliery Dam Old Navy Costco
Silliest Boat Old Navy McKee Family Save Colliery Dam ARC Document Generations Church
Super Silliest Sailors Buccaneer Inn Long Lake Chiropractic Generations Church Long Lake Chiropractic/The Well Pub Long Lake Chiropractic/The Well/Arbour Wellness
Silliest Costumes Nurse Next Door Generations Church BCNU Super Heroes in Scrubs Long Lake Chiropractic/The Well Pub Mercedes Benz
Team Spirit J.A. Smith & Associates Old Navy Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association RBC RBC
Most Pledges - Corporate Long Lake Chiropractic Long Lake Chiropractic - $5476 Long Lake Chiropractic Group - $8500 Long Lake Chiropractic/Well Pub - $9632 LongLake Chiropractic/The Well/Arbour Wellness - $6543
Most Pledges - Community ET Family Church Nanaimo Yacht Club - $3670 Nanaimo Yacht Club - $3200 Nanaimo Yacht Club - $2632 Nanaimo Child Development Centre - $1275
Most Pledges - Family Niqi Lalana Mckee Family - $1242 McKee Family - $1222 Hall Family & Friends Herrington Family & Friends - $320
Grand Champion Buccaneer Inn Huong Lan Restaurant Generations Church Nanaimo Filipino Association Superette Foods
L'il Tuck Award (youth with spirit)   Faux Family Landlubber Pub ARC Document Dillon Family


  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Best Team Spirit Long Lake Chiropractors & Well Pub Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association      
Best Team Spirit (Honourable Mention) Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association Generations Church      
Super Silliest Boat Bathtub Society Loyal Nanaimo Alair Homes      
Super Silliest Boat (Honourable Mention) RestAcon Rebels RDN - Jurassic Park      
Super Silliest Sailors Women in Construction Soggy Bottoms 4 Kids (Protection Island Lions)      
Super Silliest Sailors (Honourable Mention Alair Homes RBC      
Super Silliest Costumes Regional District of Nanaimo Coast Bastion Bees      
Super Silliest Costumes (Honourable Mention) Mercedes Benz The Globe      
Lil Tuck Award (youth with spirit) The Turbull Family & Friends VIP Me! VI      
First to Sink Palace Hotel Milton St. Public House      
Fastest Silliest Boat Alair Homes Alair Homes      
Grand Champion McDonald’s Restaurant McDonald's Restaurant      
Most Pledges: Corporate Long Lake Chiropractors & Well Pub Palace Hotel ($4,000)      
Most Pledges: Family The Turbull Family & Friends Herrington Family ($125)      
Most Pledges: Community Protection Island Lions Club Soggy Bottoms 4 Kids ($8,461.20)