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 2019 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 bring much need services to children – mark the Silly Boat Regatta as a must do – being held July 19, 2020!

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
First to Finish Peter & Greg Blacker Harewood Mal 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 Harbour Park Mall Nanaimo City Centre Association Western Supplie BC Hydro
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
First to Finish AC Taxi – “A Sea Tax 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 Hong Kong Bank – Loonie Tunes Starbucks – Woodgrove
Silliest Boat Harewood Bunny Power Woodgrove Centre The Stone Heads
Super Silliest Sailors Nanaimo Credit Union – “Village People” Nanaimo Credit Union “Romans” Fraternal Order of Eagles Team Duct Tape
Most Pledges BC Hydro BC Hydro BC Ferries
Super Silliest Sailors Schulz Family chulz Family
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
First to Finish Team Duct Tape The Wave/The Wolf BC Hydro TIE: Island Savings & Country Club Mal Nanaimo News Bulletin
First to Sink RMH Teleservices Palace Pirates BC Hydro Pioneers West Marine Nanaimo News Bulletin
Silliest Boat HRDC Noodles Schulz Family Salvation Army Hire A Student Hire A Student
Super Silliest Sailors Dawes Family Wingren Carpets 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 BC Hydro Child Development Centre West Marine NRGH Medical Imaging
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
First to Finish AC Taxi – “A Sea Tax 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 Hong Kong Bank – Loonie Tunes Starbucks – Woodgrove
Silliest Boat Harewood Bunny Power Woodgrove Centre The Stone Heads
Super Silliest Sailors Nanaimo Credit Union – “Village People” Nanaimo Credit Union “Romans” Fraternal Order of Eagles Team Duct Tape
Most Pledges BC Hydro BC Hydro BC Ferries
Super Silliest Sailors Schulz Family chulz Family
First to Finish AC Taxi – “A Sea Tax 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 Hong Kong Bank – Loonie Tunes Starbucks – Woodgrove
Silliest Boat Harewood Bunny Power Woodgrove Centre The Stone Heads
Super Silliest Sailors Nanaimo Credit Union – “Village People” Nanaimo Credit Union “Romans” Fraternal Order of Eagles Team Duct Tape
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
First to Finish Long Lake Chiropractors & Well Pub The Wave/The Wolf BC Hydro TIE: Island Savings & Country Club Mal Nanaimo News Bulletin
First to Sink Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association Palace Pirates BC Hydro Pioneers West Marine Nanaimo News Bulletin
Silliest Boat Bathtub Society Loyal Nanaimo Schulz Family Salvation Army Hire A Student Hire A Student
Super Silliest Sailors RestAcon Rebels Wingren Carpets NRGH Diagnostic Imaging NRGH Diagnostic Imaging Crimson Coast Dance Society
Silliest Costumes Women in Construction Nanaimo Clippers Booster Club VisionArts Eyecare Centre The Keg Bortolotto & Associates
Team Spirit Regional District of Nanaimo Walmart Canem Systems Canem Systems Canem Systems
Most Pledges – Corporate Mercedes Benz Child Development Centre Schulz Family West Marine NRGH Medical Imaging
Most Pledges – Community Long Lake Chiropractic Wingren Carpets NRGH Diagnostic Imaging NRGH Diagnostic Imaging Crimson Coast Dance Society
Most Pledges – Famil Community ET Family Church Nanaimo Clippers Booster Club VisionArts Eyecare Centre The Keg Bortolotto & Associates
Grand Champion Niqi Lalana Walmart Canem Systems Canem Systems Canem Systems
L’il Tuck Award (youth with spirit) Buccaneer Inn Child Development Centre Schulz Family West Marine NRGH Medical Imaging
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Best Team Spirit Long Lake Chiropractors & Well Pub Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association Protection Island Lions & Residents (Soggy Bottoms 4 Kids)
Best Team Spirit (Honourable Mention) Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association Generations Church
Super Silliest Boat Bathtub Society Loyal Nanaimo Alair Homes
Super Silliest Boat RestAcon Rebels RDN – Jurassic Park
Most Pledges Women in Construction Soggy Bottoms 4 Kids (Protection Island Lions) Vancouver Island Tree Service (VI Tree Vikings)
Super Silliest Sailors Alair Homes RBC
Super Silliest Sailors (Honourable Mention Regional District of Nanaimo Coast Bastion Bees Superette Foods
Super Silliest Costumes Mercedes Benz The Globe
Super Silliest Costumes (Honourable Mention The Turbull Family & Friends VIP Me! VI Turnbull Family (The FAM)
Silliest Boat Palace Hotel Milton St. Public House Serauxmen Service Club (Serauxmen Rock)
Lil Tuck Award (youth with spirit) Alair Homes Alair Homes Island Red Cedar Construction (Raging Grannies)
First to Sink McDonald’s Superette Foods Island Red Cedar Construction (Raging Grannies)
Fastest Silliest Boat McDonald’s Restaurant Palace Hotel ($4,000) The Palace Hotel ($5,112.47)
Grand Champion Corporate Long Lake Chiropractors & Well Pub Herrington Family ($125) Charlotte’s Web ($690)
Most Pledges: Corporate The Turbull Family & Friends oggy Bottoms 4 Kids ($8,461.20) Soggy Bottoms 4 Kids ($8,665)
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