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OSCAR Dragon Boat Race 2023

Come and join us for the 8th OSCAR Dragon Boat Race on Friday 15 September 2023!

The OSCAR Campaign has raised over £2.5 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH). The OSCAR Campaign’s namesake is Oscar Parry, son of Spinnaker Chairman Phil Parry. Oscar was treated for two types of leukaemia from age 3 to age 8. He had two bone marrow transplants – the second trialling an entirely new theory, experimental stem cell transplant, 5 brain haemorrhages. Now 22, Oscar is a living example of the value of bench-to-bedside research and treatment.

To enter the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race all you need to do is get a team of 11 people together (10 rowers and 1 drummer) – it’s as simple as that!

You will compete against other companies from the shipping industry at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre at the event in September.

It’s great fun and you’ll also raise money for serious ill children at Great Ormond Street on behalf of the OSCAR Campaign.

What does the event involve?

25 teams compete against one other and the top six teams battle it out in a final.
There is a bar, food, quayside games and activities and a DJ to get everyone in the mood.
This year there will also be a classic car show as part of the event. It’s an excellent networking event and good fun. Most importantly, no training is required for those who want to race.

Previous teams include.

Oldendorff, Borealis Maritime, AM Nomikos, Lomar Shipping, Oceonix / JP Morgan, LISCR, Gaslog, Golar LNG, Scorpio, MSC Cruises, North of England P&I, WFW Solicitors, RWE Trading, Coolco, AET, John Swire & Sons, Stephenson Harwood, The Baltic Exchange, Augustea, Arrow Shipbroking, Teekay, Lloyds Register, Waves Group, BDO LLP, Hill Dickinson, Ince & Co, Skuld P&I, JLT Specialty, UK P&I, Union Maritime,  HFW, Beazley, Port of London Authority, Thomas Miller, Clyde & Co, Department for Transport, Shipowners Club, Britannia P&I, Clarksons Platou, Talbot Underwriting, Blue Communicatinos. CJC Law, Steamship Mutual, Neon Underwriting, IRI Marshall Islands, Graypage, CI Connect, Nectar Group,  C Solutions, IG, BRS Brokers, Nautilus, Pole Star, Mavega, HSBC Ship Finance 


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


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

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!

To register your interest please email Phil Parry at [email protected]  or visit

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