The Regatta is aimed at non-sailors and experienced sailors alike. The intention is for everyone to experience an enjoyable day on the water with some not too serious racing. Afterwards, during après sail at Port Solent, there will be a raffle to raise money for some worthwhile causes.
The day is an excellent opportunity for client entertainment. Last year over 50 yachts entered, so you can guarantee a lively day of racing.
The morning of the regatta starts at 7.45 a.m. with breakfast at The Port House. There is plenty of FREE parking in the large gravel car park on the left before you reach the Port House.
Competitors then meet their professional crew outside The Port House and make their way to the pontoon where their yachts are moored, get kitted up and have a safety briefing on-board.
The next hour and a half is spent learning to sail, remembering how to sail or just practice sailing depending on your abilities! The first race follows; we then have a break for lunch. A second race then takes place and afterwards the fleet returns to The Port House for tea, cakes, prize giving, perhaps the odd beer and the charity raffle. The day is finished by 6.00 p.m.
Privateers enter their own yacht or a privately chartered yacht. They organise their own skipper, lunch and waterproofs and pay a regatta entry fee of £5 per foot. (Boat length, not crew members!) Privateers organise and pay for their own berthing at Port Solent if required. Yachts require an IRC rating. Contact Sunsail if you do not have one. Entering as a privateer gives the possibility of chartering the yacht of your dreams, either to race or to use as a hospitality vessel. If you intend racing, it is vital that you have insurance to cover you for this. (See details at bottom of privateer’s form.)
A 37 ft Cruiser-Racer. Similar to the above but race with 1 skipper (he comes with the boat) and up to 7 crew of your own. Still a lot of fun but a more economical alternative.
A Pilot Cutter. Pilot cutters were state of the art sailing vessels used in the 19th century to brave the Atlantic and provide safe pilotage to large merchant ships returning to the UK. They competitively raced to these ships to win their work and pilotage fees. This fleet comprises modern and original examples. Tiller steered with lots of string and lots of sails. Great fun. Most race with 1 skipper, 1 mate (provided with your charter) and up to 12 crew of your own.
Or Something Else. If you would like something special, maybe a larger yacht or perhaps a classic or historic yacht please ask.
Yachts in the regatta are identified with spray dodgers bearing the team’s logo, these are included in the chartered boats package.
Important! Buy your raffle tickets in advance and receive a pennant flag to fly during the regatta.
As always we have booked sunny weather so remember your shorts and shades!
We are grateful to Sunsail for their assistance with the administration of this regatta, for the organisation of the racing and donation of raffle prizes. In addition, this year Sunsail have offered special prices on Hull Branding to really show off your company logo. Zoe Harmer from Sunsail is the contact for hull branding and general regatta enquiries. (02392 222 221) or email email@example.com
Happy sailing! The Team at Polypipe