Last Friday saw the successful reintroduction of the Grand Sponsor’s Regatta – a series of races in the BW8s skippered by junior sailors and crewed by a selection of our Grand Sponsors. An impressive trophy was dusted off for the event, with existing plaques showing that it’s been 11 years since the last regatta.
We are hoping to make this an annual event, one that our Grand Sponsors will enjoy participating in for many years to come.
The main aim of the regatta was to have the Grand Sponsors sailing with a junior helmsperson – one whose sailing trajectory has been made possible by their generous sponsorship. And at the same time, some fun competitive sailing, exciting to watch and even more so to participate in!
Flo-solutions earned the naming rights of our 4 BW8 yachts – and on Friday we saw Flosols 1, 2, 3 & 4 complete in 5 races in perfect conditions, giving the spectators lots of exciting, close bow maneuvering through the short courses. Our junior skippers put on a great show and the crews, many of who had little or no sailing experience, took home an event to remember!
Thanks to skippers Matt Lingard, Stefan Elliot-Shircore, Michael Compton and Kai Colman. The trophy went to Flosol 1, skippered by Matt Lingard and crewed by James Rowden, Peter Hendrie, Mark Nagel and Stephen Jennings. Well done guys!
Thanks again to the On Water Group, Race Officer and start crew, jury and support boats, all the wonderful volunteers, both on and off the water, and to the members who generously provided the spectator boats.
Looking forward to next year’s event!
Chair, Grand Sponsorship Committee