Competitors started the race in sailing boats.

Competitors started in sailing boats at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. (Courtesy Canadian Cancer Society.)

Dozens of Islanders raised thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society in Charlottetown Friday. 

A five-part relay called Boots, Bikes, Boats & Boards for a Cure took place at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. 

Teams sailed, kayaked and paddle-boarded around the harbour. They then headed to land and biked and ran around Victoria Park.

Alana Sprague works with the Canadian Cancer Society.

"It all goes back to our mission of helping people to lead a healthier lifestyle. Doing a sport relay like this, where it's a little bit more competitive and not just a fun relay, it just adds that one more element that fits along with our mission," she said. 

Participants raised about $8,000 in donations before the event. The fund-raising continued at a party following the event. 

The Charlottetown Yacht Club was a key organizer of the relay, along with representatives of Cycling P.E.I. and Paddles P.E.I..

The committee said the first event was modest in scale, but it sees great potential for growth.