Polypipe Civils recently competed alongside 63 other yachts in the 2010 Polypipe Regatta held in Port Solent, Portsmouth.
One of the largest privately organised regatta events held in the UK, the event drew over 500 people from the Polypipe Group, its customers and distributors from across the South East for a day of friendly but competitive racing.
NCE’s water correspondent Jo Stimpson attended the event and observed the 64 teams’ sailing progress. After an early start, Team Polypipe Civils met at the quayside with high hopes.
Unfortunately, despite many advance requests for good weather, the wonderful summer weather seen on-shore seemed to keep the wind at bay, making the conditions difficult for racing.
“It’s a shame the wind wasn’t with us this year, but it did nothing to dampen the fun and competitive spirit of the day.”
Rachel Smith, Polypipe Civils
Not to miss a good opportunity though, many of the teams spent the afternoon enjoying the 30°C temperatures and clear blue sky. Now in its 12th year, the Polypipe Regatta continues to raise money for many good causes.
The chosen charities for this year’s event included Starlight Children’s Foundation which brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children, and John Merricks Sailing Trust, set-up following the death of 1996 Olympic Silver Medallist John Merricks to help young sailors achieve their goals and identify new talent for the sport. A charity raffle, auction and donations from the Polypipe Regatta raised £6,000 for the two charities.
Polypipe Civils marketing manager Rachel Smith said: “The event was a great success again this year and we’re delighted to see that it’s still as popular as ever.
“It’s a shame the wind wasn’t with us this year, but it did nothing to dampen the fun and competitive spirit of the day. The generosity shown by everyone at the event was fantastic and it’s a real pleasure to know that we can contribute to such great causes.”