OSCAR Dragon Boat Race 2019

Come and join us for the sixth OSCAR Dragon Boat Race on Friday 13 September 2019.

Enter the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race and compete against other companies from the shipping industry. 

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Take to the waters in the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre at 2pm on Friday 13th September. 

The team-building and networking event marks the end of London's Shipping Week. Get together a team of 11 and join us for some competitive fun and to raise money for the OSCAR Campaign.

What does the event involve?

You will compete against other companies in two heats of 250-metre races and the top six teams will battle it out in a final. You don't have to have any experience of rowing – there will be a safety briefing and demo before you begin. Each team is comprised of 11 participants: ten rowers and one drummer. Please do invite spectators along to cheer you on, we will encourage them to make a donation on arrival. 


Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, 235A Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3QS.


The registration fee is £500 and we ask you commit to raising an additional £5,000

Why sign up?

  • Network with people in the shipping industry
  • Enjoy a fun day out with the team 
  • Food and drink supplied
  • Make a real, tangible difference to lives of seriously ill children from across the world 
  • You'll have a great time!

“Thanks to a lot of great people in shipping, the OSCAR Campaign has raised more than £1.8 million to help advance the work of the leading children’s bone marrow transplant and cellular medicine experts.  

The simplest way to describe what we fund is ‘lab bench to bedside’ medicine - treatments that weren’t available yesterday, which may save children’s lives today and go on to save more lives tomorrow from what we learn. That’s how Oscar himself was saved - the treatment pioneered on him is now routinely used to save others.

It’s incredible - we are now able to use patients’ own immune systems to target their cancers. It’s like taking off the cancer brakes and enabling patients’ cells to re-see the cancer. A new ‘OSCAR Research Fellow’ will develop this work. It needs to be rolled out for more diseases and constantly adapted to an evolving enemy.

OSCAR funds are crucial to this work. Without them, there would be no new research fellow and the Great Ormond Street BMT team’s ability to disseminate its work worldwide, train its team and learn from the work of others would be severely restricted.

So, we keep on rowing the OSCAR boat and beating the dragon boat drums! Please sign up for the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race this year, network with your shipping industry peers, have fun and – most importantly - save lives"

Phil Parry, OSCAR Chair

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2018 highlights

The 5th OSCAR Dragon Boat Race raised over £116,000 and was a truly inspiring day with a healthy dose of competition! Regulars Union Maritime were crowned victorious on the day, closely followed by Oldendorff (top fundraising team) and then C Solutions coming in 3rd place.

Fundraising league table 

With seconds being knocked off the race times for the top fundraisers, there was plenty of competition off the water as well. See the full table on JustGiving. 

A huge thank you to all the teams who took part and raised vital funds for GOSH in 2018: 

A.M. Nomikos & Sons (UK) Ltd, , Arrow Shipping, The Baltic Exchange Ltd, C Solutions, ChartCo, Campbell Johnson Clark LLP, GrayPage, Ince & Co LLP, JLT Speciality Ltd, John Swire & Sons Ltd,  Liberian Registry, Lloyd's Register, Lomar Shipping, Oldendorff, Shipowners Club, SKULD P&I, Spinnaker Global Ltd, Teekey Shipping, UK P&I Club and Union Maritime Limited. 

For more information or to register your interest, please email Harriet Fairbrother at harriet.fairbrother@gosh.org or call 020 3841 3160.

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